Our 2016-17 Milken EducatorsPhoto 18 of 33
Devon Willis-Jones (LA '16) | Principal, Jeanerette Elementary School | Jeanerette, LA
Date of Award: October 25, 2016
Here's one way that Principal Devon Willis-Jones encourages Jeanerette students to put what they learn into action. When fifth-graders at the high-poverty school in Iberia Parish read a story in which farm workers strike and boycott for better working conditions, the students decided to organize their own boycott to "lobby" for more recess. Willis-Jones turned the student action into a win-win opportunity for learning and motivation: She let the students submit their concerns and told them that if academic performance improved on benchmark assessments, she would extend their recess period.
Devon's surprise Milken Educator Award notification was a celebration for the whole school. "Don't worry," she told students when she accepted her Award. "We're going to party!"
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