It is a tremendous distinction to represent the best teachers in the nation who dedicate their lives to uplifting their students and inspiring a love for mathematics education. It is an honor to share best practices and hopefully influence the lives of students not only in my classroom, but in classrooms across the country. I am humbled and extremely grateful to be recognized for an award that shines a spotlight on the positive things happening in American education.

Valerie Jones Atlanta, GA | 7-12, Mathematics, 2013

The official biography below was current at the time of the award.

Dr. Valerie Camille Jones has been an educator for 15 years, most recently serving for four years as a Prealgebra, Algebra 1, and Geometry teacher for sixth through eighth graders at Ron Clark Academy. Valerie uses a flipped classroom teaching model and incorporates performing arts, real-world connections, and video games into lessons.  Valerie Camille has trained more than 17,000 teachers from across the globe on her instructional methods. She has been a featured presenter at the largest educational technology conventions in London and the United States. She has presented her techniques at several universities. She also created video modules for Teach for America to showcase best practices. Valerie Camille has been a teacher of the year, math department chair, and coach of a national championship MATHCOUNTS team. She has also served as a member of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Accreditation Committee. She has a B.S. in mathematics from Spelman College, as well as a M.Ed. from Georgia State University, and an Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University, both in math education. She holds certifications in elementary education, middle grade mathematics, 7-12 mathematics, educational leadership, instructional supervision, gifted in-field, and studio teacher. She is National Board Certified in adolescence young adult education. Her website is

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