Cynthia A. Jones

Cason Lane Academy
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Total years as a classroom teacher: 24

“When a teacher dances with, or teaches a child, something that seems
like magic occurs. It is not merely magical; it is, in every sense,
miraculous.” – Cynthia A. Jones

Cynthia believes that a teacher is like the reflectors in a
lighthouse. The light or energy of a child is redirected, refined, and
magnified. A teacher’s role is to focus and concentrate each child’s
light to reflect it back for self-clarification.

In her classroom, the inside world is taken out. Her students
collected soap, lotion and shampoo samples fo rChristmas stockings for
the elderly. Her class voted to not exchange Christmas gifts; instead
they adopted two Salvation Army Angels, and collected eyeglass frames
for the needy in Mexico.

“A ‘born teacher,’ Cynthia Jones is an example of what is good,
right, and successful in American public education.” –Susan
Gendrich-Cameron, Principal, Cason Lane Academy

“One of the most important things Mrs. Jones taught us is something
that is not found in a textbook. She taught us respect for all people
and all things. She led by example so her students could follow. We have
become better people from having had her.” — Richard Anderson, Former
student

Education

1997

M.A. Experimental Psychology, Middle Tennessee State University

1979

Elementary Education/Gifted Education, Georgia State University

Teaching Experience

1991- present

3-4th Grade (Loop), Cason Lane Academy, Murfreesboro, TN

1983-91

1-2nd Grade, Mitchell Neilson Primary School, Murfreesboro, TN

1980-83

K-6, MERIT program for the gifted, Murfreesboro City Schools, TN

1979-80

2nd Grade, Suder Elementary, Clayton County Schools, Jonesboro, GA

Special Recognition

2008
Member of Chinese People to People delegation to advise on using technology in the elementary classroom.

2002

Inclusion, The New Parent Handbook, National Education Association

2002

The Apple for the Teacher Award, Tennessee Department of Education

1999, 02

State finalist, Tennessee Teacher of the Year

1998, 01, 02

Who’s Who in Education

1999

Fulbright Scholar to Japan

1995-2001

White House Conference on Education, Albert Gore Family Reunion

1997

Original research presented in Durham, England, and Washington, D.C.

1997

Rutherford County Outstanding Teacher

1996

Rotary Club Outstanding Educator

1995-Present

Principal Designee, Cason Lane Academy

1994

Recipient, Contributions to the Field, Dyslexia Center

1993

J. Champlain Award Outstanding Developmental Reading Teacher, college-level

1992

Rutherford Jaycee’s Distinguished Young teacher

1991

Distinguished Classroom Teacher, TEA

1985

Thinking Skills Curriculum, Murfreesboro City Schools, creator and trainer

1983, 84

Rise and Shine Pre-Kindergarten Screening Program, co-creator and teacher

1979

Clayton County’s Outstanding First Year teacher