Dr. Timisha Barnes-Jones, Eliminating the Digital Divide to Reach All Students at All Times

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In this episode, we speak with Dr. Timisha Barnes-Jones, Principal of West Charlotte High School. With a perspective that is informed from working on many different levels in the education system, Dr. Barnes-Jones has seen both the good and bad that can come along with technology implementation within education. Listen in as she details exactly which factors in technology do the most to engage and impact students.

About Dr. Timisha Barnes-Jones

Dr. Timisha Barnes-Jones is a 1992 graduate of Davidson College where she earned a bachelor’s degree in music. She earned her Master’s degree in Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she studied Curriculum and Supervision. She also earned her doctorate degree in Education Leadership from Gardner-Webb University with research on the contribution of learning styles to the achievement of at-risk students in the blended learning environment.

In her 20-year career as an educator, she has held various roles including chorus teacher, Dean of students, Assistant Principal of Instruction and Principal. In 2014, Dr. Barnes-Jones completed the National Principal’s Academy Fellowship from Relay Graduate School in New York and now serves as a principal advisor for the program. Dr. Barnes-Jones has studied at the University of Virginia in their Partnership for Leaders in Education program, where she continued to hone her skills as a school turnaround specialist. She has demonstrated knowledge of effective strategies to increase student achievement and graduation rates and decrease dropout rates.

Dr. Timisha Barnes-Jones currently serves as principal of West Charlotte High School, a Project L.I.F.T. school located in the Charlotte Mecklenburg School district. She helped develop a graduation academy that uses blended learning as the instructional model to help West Charlotte students who needed an alternative learning environment for their academic success. Under her leadership, West Charlotte’s graduation rate has increased by over 33 percentage points and the school has increased its College Readiness proficiency scores in English, Math and Science.

Dr. Barnes-Jones also currently serves on the board of directors of the Teaching Fellows Institute and the board of directors for E2D (Eliminate the Digital Divide), a non-profit agency committed to the vision of equitable access to technology and ongoing computer training/support for disadvantaged students. In 2016, Dr. Barnes-Jones was named the Project L.I.F.T. Principal of the Year. Dr. Barnes-Jones has two children and currently resides in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband Antonio Jones.

About West Charlotte School

West Charlotte was built in 1938 and is one of Charlotte’s oldest public schools that has a rich history of producing widely noted public officials, athletes, and business leaders.

Additionally, West Charlotte offers the following 9 Advanced Placement courses: English, Calculus, Statistics, U.S. History, U.S. Government and Law, Human Geography and Art. Further offerings occur for international competition in the International Baccalaureate Program which provides the opportunity for highly motivated, college-bound students to engage academic rigorous, well-rounded educational program that promotes and encourages academic competitiveness as well as an appreciation of and sensitivity to different cultures, attitudes and values.

On April 2005, West Charlotte was authorized as an International Baccalaureate World School and has successfully offered courses under the IBO programme to those scholars that seek the academic rigor and cultural awareness of the international programme.

Although academics reign supreme in the hallowed halls of West Charlotte, we offer many opportunities for our students to diversify their academic experience. These opportunities include participation in the following sports: football, volleyball, girls’ tennis, girls’ golf, cross country, boys’ soccer, boys’ and girls’ basketball, swimming, wrestling, indoor track,softball, baseball, girls’ soccer, boys’ golf, boys’ tennis, and outdoor track.

There are a myriad of clubs offered to our students. Among our offerings are National Honor Society, Key Club, Beta Club, National Technical Honor Society, Order of the Lions, IB Council, FBLA, SAVE, HOSA, Chess, Band, Culinary Arts, Cosmetology, Yearbook, NAACP, Lions for Christ, and the International Club.

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