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Story of Inspiration — Mr. Jones

Charter School Capital

September 19, 2017


In 2015, I had an opportunity to go back to Belfast and say thank you over a pint.

Our Stories of Inspiration campaign continues and we’re enjoying reading all the stories of inspiring teachers impacting their students’ lives. The latest submission is from Yvonne Watterson, a former school principal who today is the Director of Education Innovation for the Arizona Charter Schools Association. She shares the story of her English teacher Mr. Jones, who imbued her with a love of classic literature and introduced her to his favorite albums.

“When I first encountered him, it was at Antrim Grammar School in Northern Ireland. Then, just a young man in his twenties, at the beginning of his career, he showed up every day wearing an ordinary tweed jacket with leather patches on the elbows and a “Save the Otter” badge on the lapel. Naturally, he was well-read, but more importantly, he was accessible….” Read the full story here.

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