On Monday, May 4, 2020, Perry Township Schools announced Southport High teacher Dan Jones is the district’s 2020 Teacher of the Year. Superintendent Pat Mapes, along with several administrators, surprised Mr. Jones with the award during a visit to his home.
Mr. Jones — an AP Human Geography teacher, coach, and mentor teacher — was nominated by his colleagues for his dedication to his students and the school. He works closely with his students, supporting each one to be successful. Mr. Jones continually updates his lesson plans and methods of teaching, which allows him to get away from lecturing and to put the work in the students’ hands through innovative techniques. He also brings current research to students as part of his lessons, and because of this effort, his students consistently outperform both state and national averages on the AP exam.
As a mentor teacher, Mr. Jones initiates and participates in professional development with his colleagues. He pushes their thinking and encourages them to incorporate new techniques into their instruction. He also has an open-door policy, which allows teachers to observe his methods and provide feedback on his processes.
He is genuinely committed to empowering students to grow academically, socially, and behaviorally.