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Hope Jones

Director of Pre-K to 8

Hope has served as director of Pre-K to 8 since 2014. Prior to her work here, she was assistant head of lower school at Viewpoint School in Calabasas, Calif. There, she was also primary and lower school curriculum coordinator, co-chair of the Technology in Curriculum Task Force, and communication liaison for K-5 school publications. Hope holds a B.A. in Elementary Education and English from the University of Alabama – Huntsville as well as an M.A. in Middle Level Curriculum and Instruction from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. She has 15 years of teaching experience at schools in Alabama, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and California. Hope and her husband, Charles, have two children, Hannah and Charlie.

College Education
B.A. University of Alabama - Huntsville
M.A. George Mason University

Substitute Teacher

September 1, 2023
A Darlington substitute teacher fully supports the mission and values of the school and has the responsibility for creating the best student experience possible in the absence of the primary classroom teacher. This person provides instruction to students by following plans and materials provided by the teacher and presenting them using instructional techniques which meet the needs of all students. They provide an atmosphere and environment conducive to the intellectual, physical, social and emotional development of students in a manner appropriate to the grade level. They supervise students in a variety of school-related settings and activities and follow all required procedures and practices.  

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Episode 120: A Look at Summer Professional Development

July 27, 2023
In this episode, Professional Development Coordinator Rebekah Kinney talks with second-grade teacher Courtney Cescutti, Director of Pre-K to 8 Hope Jones, Director of the Teaching and Learning Center Jessica Laliberte and pre-K teacher Beth Smith about their summer professional development activities. They share about each of the work they have been doing within their colleagues and how it has prepared them for the coming school year. 

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Episode 95: Building Soft Skills in Pre-K to 8 Performing Arts

February 2, 2023
In this episode, Director of Pre-K to 8 Hope Jones talks with Director of Fine Arts Kim Tunnell, Theatre Director Shelley Daniel, Choral Director Alex Johnson and Pre-K to 8 Music Teacher Caitlyn Terry. Together, they talk about performing arts in the Pre-K to 8 and how performance opportunites and arts education provides all students with the ability to build soft skills like confidence, connection and compassion.

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Episode 73: A Glimpse Into Active Learning in the Middle Grades

September 1, 2022
In this episode, Director of Pre-K to 8 Hope Jones talks with middle grades teachers Andrew Beckman, science; Ashley Evans, Spanish; and Kevin Ivester ('87), math, about active learning and the skills-based curriculum in the middle grades. They share active learning stories from their classrooms and touch on why they think Darlington's skills-based curriculum benefits students at this age.

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Episode 48: Middle Grade Trips Recap

March 10, 2022
In this episode, Director of Pre-K to 8 Hope Jones talks with sixth-grader Brier Lanier, seventh-grader Soren Chapman and eighth-grader Gracie Cowan about their week-long grade-level trips in February.

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Episode 38: Year in Review

December 30, 2021
In this episode, Head of School Brent Bell reflects on 2021 with Stefan Eady, assistant head of school for academic affairs, and Division Directors Chad Woods and Hope Jones. What was Mr. Bell's favorite fine arts performance of the year? Which football game is Mr. Woods still talking about? What soundtrack does Mrs. Jones think best describes 2021? What are Mr. Eady's book and podcast recommendations for 2022? Find out right here! 

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Podcast Episode 32: The Power of Play

November 18, 2021
In this episode, host Stefan Eady, assistant head of school for academic resources, talks with Pre-K to 8 Director Hope Jones about the power of play and, specifically, why play is a critical part of a child's learning and skill development process. 

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Podcast Episode 28: A Look Into Pre-K & Kindergarten

October 14, 2021
In this episode, Pre-K to 8 Director Hopes Jones talks with Pre-K teacher Beth Smith ('87, LD '12) and Kindergarten teacher Jody Deaton about what a skills-based curriculum and active learning look like for our youngest students.

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6 to 8 Certificates of Academic Excellence

May 20, 2021
Students in grades 6 to 8 were awarded Certificates of Academic Excellence during advisory time in Thatcher Hall's Ledbetter Commons. 

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Middle School Honors Students Recognized

February 1, 2021
Middle school students were recognized for their first semester academic honors during a brief Flagpole ceremony. 

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