For Madison County High School agriscience teacher and farmer Cindy Jones, teaching is all about connections.
“The challenge (in teaching) lies in motivating my students, which is often accomplished by showing them the real world application of the content they are learning,” she said. “I love that part of it – helping the students make connections out in the community and seeing them apply what they have learned…What a great way to start each day, with a room full of teenagers with all the energies, emotions and hopefulness they bring to each day.”
Jones has been teaching since 2005, and this year, her peers honored her by choosing her as Madison County School System’s Teacher of the Year.
“Being chosen as Teacher of the Year is a great honor,” Jones said. “Our school system is filled with exemplary teachers who are much more accomplished than I am so I am humbled to be chosen.”
Jones finds many parallels between farming and teaching, which make it easy for her to connect the two.
Madison County High School student Xavier Duncan takes a look under the microscope while agriscience teacher Cindy Jones looks on. Jones was chosen as this year’s system wide Teacher of the Year. Margie Richards/staff
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