Cher Jones: Local Maryland Principal of the Year

“Mrs. Jones demonstrates deep devotion to the success of every student” is the statement echoed by many at Bonnie Branch Middle School in Ellicott City, Maryland. The Howard County Public School System, in recognition of this devotion, named Cher Jones as 2016 Principal of the Year. Jones, principal of Bonnie Branch and member of Howard County Administrators Association (HCAA), AFSA Local 36, also served as the Howard County nominee for The Washington Post Principal of the Year title.

Serving the Howard County Public School System for more than 26 years, she has held roles as a special education teacher and team leader, county special education resource teacher, assistant principal and principal. Jones was also a founder and teacher of Private Tutoring Services serving  students with dyslexia.

As principal since 2012, Jones has used innovation and collaboration to meet the needs of a diverse student population. She was being recognized for her ability to create a supportive and positive atmosphere in her school community. Jones has earned her reputation as a highly respected school leader because of her quality of instructional programs and skill to build positive relationships with students, staff and parents.

Jones has received praise from the deputy superintendent, teachers, parents, community members and students. A parent recently expressed his admiration of the principal to the Board of Education, stating, “Mrs. Jones has been a great principal. She does all that she says she is going to do…she goes above and beyond.”

AFSA is delighted to recognize and honor such an influential school leader. We hope to continue seeing principals make positive impacts in their school communities.