Madison teacher Michael Jones – a member of WEAC and Vice President of Madison Teachers Inc. – has been presented an Outstanding Educator Award by 100 Black Men of Madison.
Floyd Rose, President of 100 Black Men of Madison, said the award recognizes “those educators and mentors who have demonstrated an extraordinary sense of humility and a strong commitment to continual improvement, based upon a fundamental motivation to inspire student success.”
Those who nominated Jones, a special education teacher, said he continuously gives of himself to the kids and the community.
“When I look at Mike I am hopeful,” said one nomination. “As a strong positive black male role model I really hope that kids ‘become what they see’ when they look at him.”
Rose said the following points summarize the nomination of Jones:
- Michael Jones is a proud Special Education teacher who has worked at Black Hawk Middle School on Madison’s Northside for the past five years.
- Previously, Michael was a Special Education teacher in Middleton and Milwaukee.
- Michael has worked in various capacities in his building, including as a Positive Behavior Coach, a member of the school’s leadership team, and as facilitator of the school’s teacher-developed social-emotional learning curriculum.
- Michael is also the Vice-President of Madison Teachers, Inc. and a member of the Black Educators Network.
- Michael is particularly proud to have been part of the founding of Middleton High School’s Black Student Union.
- Michael is one of the developers of Madison’s “Black Lives Matter Week of Action in Schools” this school year.
- And Michael is the founding co-chair of MTI’s Diversity and Equity Committee.