Nebraska Teacher of the Year, 2023
Inspire Teacher of the Year, 2019, Lincoln, NE
NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship, 2024,
International field study, Costa Rica
Selected national conference speaker
Published author of two books
📗 It Was Always Four, September 2021
📕 50 Things to Know About Going Back to School While Parenting, January 2021
11,000+ Twitter followers
Multiple podcast appearances
Trained at the prestigious Seneca Center, San Francisco/Oakland, CA
Renowned 24-hour crisis care treatment model
Emphasis on youth restorative interventions
US Holocaust Memorial Museum Belfer Scholarship recipient, professional development, Washington, D.C.
High Tech High scholarship recipient, professional development, San Diego, CA
Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), 2021, Lincoln, NE
Master's in Educational Leadership, Doane University, Lincoln, NE
"Connection before curriculum. Always."
I'm excited to introduce myself as the current Nebraska Teacher of the Year. I'm on a mission to visit schools all across the state of Nebraska.
My goal is to help educators like yourself cultivate stronger connections and trust within your classroom.
That's why I'm thrilled to offer free professional development sessions on this topic. Freely available to all Nebraska schools and universities.
Email me to schedule a session at your school. I can't wait to meet you.
".. We are most proud board members .. that the Nebraska teacher of the year is from Lincoln High School .. Mrs. Renee Jones. ..
Lincoln's Public Schools is committed to equity for all students staff and stakeholders.
Mrs. Jones exemplifies an educator who espouses these values and supports all students who enter her classroom each and every day. She expertly has found ways to connect with her students in an effort to boost their academic achievement."
".. Our students in LPS are fortunate to be taught by expert educators like Mrs. Jones. .. Mrs. Jones holds students to the highest learning expectations while fostering an environment for students to discover and explore their passions while affirming their identities."
-- Dr. Paul Gausman, Superintendent, Lincoln Public Schools
"I have been in Renee's classroom multiple times and the thing that is obvious from the moment you walk in is her ability to build relationships with students.
Her tone is warm and her demeanor is calm and steady.
She knows each student and uses this knowledge to draw her students into learning."
-- Mark Larson, Principal, Lincoln High School
First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, Renee Jones, and U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona.
"Throughout the entirety of my experience working with Ms. Jones, I have found her to be a consummate professional, with a passion for teaching at-risk youth the academic and life skills that will better their future.
-- Tanner Penrod, Principal, Southeast High School
-- Dr. Rachele Stoops, Curriculum Designer and Educator, Graduation Pathways