NGSS Writing Team Member: Netosh Jones

Netosh Jones is a veteran elementary grade school teacher in the District of Columbia, where she is also a Science Co-Chairs at her school. She recently returned from Shanghai, China with the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), where she participated with other NSTA delegates in an international conference on inquiry-based learning for classroom teaching.

In 2010, Ms. Jones and her students were honored by National Lab Day (NLD) founder Jack Hidary on Capitol Hill for their outstanding use of reading and math inquiry-based learning as a catalyst for science and mathematics inquiry-based learning. Ms. Jones and her students were also highlighted by TIME Magazine and other publications to show how engineering education helped students in urban schools gain an interest in their education.

This year, Ms. Jones participated in NASA Explorer Schools to advance her students’ interest in Science and Mathematics, as well as improve virtual learning experiences. She continues professional development activities through NSTA’s online learning center, NASA Endeavor Fellows, and NASA Explorers Schools. Ms. Jones has been selected to participate in the prestigious 2011 Mickelson ExxonMobile Teacher Academy this summer, where teachers from all over the nation will convene to learn more about inquiry-base learning in STEM. She was also selected as a 2010 State Finalist in the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science

She is a member of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), District of Columbia Science Teachers Association (DCSTA), Sally Ride Science Academy, and the Association for Science and Engineering Education (ASEE).

Ms. Jones holds a master’s in Reading and is currently working on a second graduate degree. In 2010, she completed a STEM Certification program through Teachers’ College Columbia University, as part of a fellowship with NASA Endeavor Fellows.