Amanda Jones (’13 B.M.E.-voice) was recognized with the 2016 “ETHOS Excellence Award” for her extraordinary efforts as a middle school music teacher by the Success Academy. Success Academy Charter Schools, Inc. is the largest and highest performing network of public charter schools in New York City. Jones was selected from among 1,400 faculty members from across 34 schools for the award, which reinforces the key ETHOS values defining Success schools: Excellence, Teamwork, Humor, Ownership, and Students.
Admitted by random lottery, Success Academy students are primarily children of color from low-income families, living in some of New York City’s poorest neighborhoods where the city’s failing schools crisis is most severe. In statewide testing last year, Success schools ranked in the top 1% in math and the top 3% in reading among all New York state schools.
Success schools serve more than 14,000 students across the city. The academy distinguishes itself with the comprehensive training and professional development it provides to principals, teachers, and all school staff. The network’s emphasis is on intellectually preparing educators to deliver purposeful, well-planned lessons, designed around student inquiry and interaction.
Amanda Jones is from State College and was a voice student of Richard Kennedy. A Schreyer Honors College student, her thesis was advised by Ann Clements. She was the 2013 recipient of Penn State's "Excellence in Student Teaching" award. Amanda is currently pursuing a master’s degree at Kent State University (OH).