Jerod Jones, Math
Published August, 2015
Hello. My name is Jerod Jones, and I teach 4th and 5th grade math and science. I live in Rock Hill, SC with my wife Shelley and son Shepard. I often get asked why I travel so far to teach at Woodlawn (100 miles round trip). The answer is simple…. at Woodlawn I can teach the way I wish I were taught. It sometimes surprises people to hear that math was my least favorite subject when I was in school. “But you’re a math teacher!” Yep, and my goal is for children to experience math differently than I did. For me, math was just a process to follow. It had no real meaning…..plug numbers into formulas, get results. My focus as a teacher is to help children understand math. When I was teaching at Rock Hill public schools, my goal was the same, but testing pressures combined with a rigid scope and sequence limited how I could help children build knowledge. So, here I am, and I couldn’t be happier.
When I am not thinking about math or planning science experiments, I can usually be found tinkering in my garden, twisting bolts on my classic car, or cleaning one of my four fish tanks. I love to be outside, and have a passion for the natural world. Woodlawn provides the perfect environment to share this passion with the students through gardening, collecting recycling during service learning, supervising students as they play in the woods, or simply walking between classes outside.