Judith Jones, Supervisor of Equity and Community Outreach for Carroll County Public Schools, was the recipient of The Jack Epstein Award for Contributions to Multicultural Education. This award was established by the Maryland Multicultural Coalition/Chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) to recognize individuals who have made major contributions in Maryland to furthering education that is multicultural.
Jones began her career in Baltimore City Public Schools, where she was a social studies teacher in the law-related education program and an assistant principal. She came to Carroll County Public Schools in 2006 and served as assistant principal at Century and Westminster High Schools before being appointed to her current position in 2016.
Jones serves as the chairperson of the Education That Is Multicultural (ETM) Advisory Council and oversees all aspects of program development. She collaborates with school administrators and ETM Coordinators in the schools to develop programs on equity and cultural proficiency and provides leadership in establishing system-wide staff development goals, needs, and priorities for equity.
With her influence and leadership, the theme of equity is embedded throughout the CCPS Strategic Plan. This has brought conversations on equity to the forefront of the school system and is ensuring that measures are in place to support system-wide equity initiatives. She also partners with Human Resources to assist in the hiring and retention of minority employees and has worked to develop programs to assure they feel welcome and an integral part of the school system and the community. She routinely assists administrators and employees with matters of diversity and racial concerns and is developing programs that reach out to minority families and assist them with their needs.
According to Superintendent of Schools Steven Lockard, “I have seen firsthand the commitment and dedication Ms. Jones demonstrates for students and staff. The energy and enthusiasm she brings to her job have led to a focus on equity throughout our school system. Ms. Jones is truly an asset to our school system.”
Jones also serves as a support and role model for several student groups that have initiated and implemented minority student unions and advocacy groups at their local high schools. She is often asked to be a guest speaker for their meetings and diversity day events. She has recently taken on a new initiative where she is providing a “voice” to students through multiple student focus groups. The information from these sessions will help the school system become more accommodating to those student populations.
Jones has encouraged community involvement by establishing the CCPS Annual Culture Expo, which provides an opportunity for the school system, parents, local businesses, and government agencies to come together and celebrate diversity while providing a platform for courageous conversations. She also involves community members by including them in organizations such as the CCPS Equity Leadership Team and in recruiting and maintaining employees of color. Her outreach to local colleges, civic organizations, the business community, students, and individual parents has enhanced trust and improved the school system.
Jones received the award at the Maryland Multicultural State Conference hosted by the Maryland Multicultural Coalition and Carroll County Public Schools on April 6, 2019.
Pictured: Judy Jones (left) with Dr. Tracey Durant, President, Maryland Multicultural Coalition.