Two National Accolades

Midway Teacher Recognized at National Level in Two Fields in One Month

It’s been quite a month for Susan Jones, debate and computer science teacher at Midway High School. Jones, who has worked at Midway since 2011, was announced as a national-level educator in both computer science and debate in the span of a month.

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) recognized Jones, alongside 39 exemplary teachers, at its national conference this week for their outstanding efforts to empower and inspire students. PLTW Outstanding Teachers are selected through a competitive nomination and selection process for their focus on empowering students to thrive in this evolving world. They have demonstrated a strong record of the following:

  • Delivering an inspiring and empowering student experience in the classroom. This includes success implementing high-quality PLTW programs and inspiring students to apply learning beyond the classroom.
  • Expanding access to career learning for students in the school and community.
  • Leading within the classroom, school, or district, using innovative methods to engage students in activity-, project-, problem-based learning, and active pursuit of professional and personal development.

PLTW Summit, sponsored by Chevron, is the premier gathering for the PLTW network of individuals dedicated to preparing students with the in-demand knowledge and transportable skills they need to succeed in college and careers. Approximately 11,500 elementary, middle, and high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia offer PLTW programs. For more information on Project Lead The Way, visit pltw.org.


Just a month earlier…

At the end of September, Jones also received notice from the National Speech & Debate Association that she had earned the Donus D. Roberts Quad Ruby Award. This prestigious award is given to coaches who attain their 1,000th coaching point through NSDA. Every coaching point represents incredible dedication through active involvement in the development of student members and will impact their academic, professional, and personal success for the rest of their lives. While some teams are large and collect points through quantity of students, Midway’s small but elite team has competed and placed highly in the national debate tournament several years consecutively to reach the 1,000 point threshold.