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Devon Willis-Jones, You’re a Milken Educator!

Devon Willis-Jones (LA '16)   |   Jeanerette Elementary School  |  Jeanerette, LA  |  Oct 25, 2016

More than a dozen district and state dignitaries are visiting Jeanerette Elementary School in Iberia Parish to celebrate its stellar gains in student achievement, including Dr. Holly Boffy, vice president of the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, and Iberia Parish School District Superintendent Dale Henderson. But there's another reason for their visit, which is revealed when Lowell Milken, chairman and co-founder of the Milken Family Foundation, surprises Jeanerette Principal Devon Willis-Jones with a 2016-17 Milken Educator Award and $25,000. Click through the photos below to relive Willis-Jones' unforgettable day.

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  • Jeanerette students pledge of allegiance
  • Jeanerette students listen
  • Jeanerette student presentation
  • Dale Henderson Iberia superintendent Jeanerette 2
  • Holly Boffy BESE vice president Jeanerette
  • Lowell Milken Jeanerette student 1
  • Jeanerette students hands up
  • Lowell Milken Jeanerette student 2
  • Jeanerette students spell award amount
  • Jeanerette students eager to hear
  • Devon Willis Jones emotional
  • Devon Willis Jones check
  • Devon Willis Jones emotional with Lowell Milken
  • Devon Willis Jones addresses assembly
  • Devon Willis Jones vets
  • Devon Willis Jones check students
  • Devon Willis Jones Jackie Jones
  • Devon Willis Jones talks to media
  • Lowell Milken Jeanerette media
  • Devon Willis Jones talks with students
  • Lowell Milken Jeanerette classroom

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  • Devon Willis-Jones is a passionate educator who loves her students, faculty, staff, parents, and community. As a first year principal, she was assigned to Jeanerette Elementary which was a school with a label of "F". In one year, under her leadership, the school moved to a "B" rating. The school has sustained a "B" for the last two years, and they continue to work diligently toward that "A" rating. Education is not just her profession; it's her passion.

    Posted by Jacklene Jones, 25/10/2016 11:07am (6 years ago)

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