Show Highlights

Educator Ty Jones shared his road to success in education and highlighted the individuals that influenced him along the way. During this episode Mr. Jones also discussed the following concepts that lead to cultivating and maintaining authenticity in education:

  • Connecting with your legacy
  • Personal integrity
  • Humility in leadership

About the Guest

Ty G. Jones is an Advisor, Advocate, and Educator. He began working in the financial services industry while in high school in banking operations and later obtained his securities and insurance licenses. He also shared his passion of mathematics with students in Dallas ISD, Duncanville ISD, Lancaster ISD, and Grand Prairie ISD. His passion for mathematics, the students and communities he served, ushered him into the world of elected officials, Lancaster ISD Board of Trustees.

As an Advocate, he was first elected to the Lancaster Independent School District in May 2011 and was unopposed during his May 2014 and May 2017 bids for re-election. After serving his first year on the Board, he was elected as Board President and re-elected to the officer position for a total six consecutive years. In 2014, he completed Leadership TASB, a unique board development program designed to take experienced board members to a new level of service and leadership. His work through Leadership TASB, the collaborative work with the Lancaster ISD Team of Eight, and passion to ensure the district’s mission is realized inspired him to become an advocate and ambassador for Lancaster ISD and public education nationally. Through his work as an advocate and ambassador, he has had the opportunity to speak at the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB), Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) and the National School Board Association’s (NSBA) annual and regional conferences beginning in 2014 and continues advocating for public education and empowering trustees in the areas of board leadership, data analysis, organizational management and board governance. Also during his time as President of Lancaster ISD Board of Trustees and the district experienced many successes due to the collaborative efforts of the Board of Trustees, Superintendent, Students, Staff, and Community. Below is a list of some the successes:

  • 2018 H-E-B Excellence in Education – Small District Winner
  • 2017 Lancaster ISD Students Built Airplane
  • 2017 CUBE Award of Urban School Board Excellence
  • 2017 New West Main Elementary Opened
  • 2017 New Pleasant Run Elementary Opened
  • 2017 Lancaster STEM Early College HS Opened
  • 2016 NABSE School Board of the Year
  • 2016 TASA Outstanding School Board
  • 2015 $125.9 Million Bond Passed
  • 2014 Lancaster ISD Student Engineers Built Car
  • 2013-2017 101 TEA Academic Distinctions
  • 2013-2017 ALL Campuses Met TEA Standard
  • 2012 $4.8 Million Grant from TI Foundation
  • 2012 1st K-12 STEM District in Texas
  • 2008-2017 Passed TEA Financial Accountability Rating System

As an Educator, he has served in positions ranging from a classroom teacher to K-12 Coordinator of Mathematics to a Coordinator in the area of assessment and research. He provides professional development focusing on data analysis, pedagogy and math content. He has also served as a textbook advisor and reviewer for the 2006 MacMillan-McGraw Hill Texas Mathematics textbook adoption. He also provides Team of Eight training and consulting to school boards throughout the nation.

He is a proud product of public schools. He is graduate of Skyline High School (Dallas, TX) and obtained degrees from Navarro College, University of Houston and the University of Texas at Arlington.

Connect with Ty Jones

Connect with the Host

You can reach me on Twitter @drjeffmiller or go to my show website purposedriveneducator.com and leave a question or comment about any of the content shared on this episode. You can also read my latest blog post at www.drjeffmiller.com

Show Highlights

Hey there! This Jeffrey, I’m an educator, and this is my new podcast The Purpose Driven Educator. This not an actual episode, but I would like to take a moment to explain the format of my show. Each episode will begin the show with a driving question or questions from education and then present relevant information and experiences, and even interviews with educators to address the questions.

My ultimate goal for the show is to inspire others to find deeper meaning in their life’s work so they can make a greater impact in the lives of those they serve. 

In many ways, this podcast will serve as an audible blog. I am sure that along the way the show will grow, but this is an introduction, a trailer for what is to come.

Connect with the Host

You can reach me on Twitter @drjeffmiller or go to my show website purposedriveneducator.com and leave a question or comment about any of the content shared on this episode. You can also read my latest blog post at www.drjeffmiller.com

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