Barb brings warmth, energy, and a wealth of experience to our team. Her experiences as a school psychologist, social worker, mother of three, and grandmother have helped her in her role as a school psychologist in both public and private school settings. She has performed comprehensive psychoeducational evaluations, therapy, social skills, parenting seminars, and so much more throughout her lengthy career. Barb enjoys working with children of all ages, and continues to be an asset to the students, teachers and parents at The Jones-Gordon School.
Jeanine is patient, kind, skilled, and has a great sense of humor: perfect qualities to care for our kids, especially when they’re in need of TLC! Jeanine and her family have recently moved back to Arizona after a few years living in Florida—we think she stumbled upon a few too many gators ;). Jeanine has more than a decade of experience in working with children as a Licensed Practical Nurse, Paraprofessional, and MOM to 3 amazing boys. We are thrilled to have Jeanine on our team!
Shawna shines when working directly with students and teachers as an aide in the classroom, leading cooking specials sessions, and assisting with art. Shawna grew up around lots of children; she’s one of five(!) and she spent her youth and teen years assisting her mother operate a home-based childcare center in Portland where she was born and raised. Shawna has a passion for everything creative and may soon earn the title as the next (honorable) Martha Stewart! Beyond her creative skill set, Shawna has an inherent ability to bond with students of all ages. Shawna is often the go-to person when someone is having a “bad day” and is often the voice of love, logic and reason.
Cady — enthusiastic, nurturing, and creative — is a graduate of Utah State University who returned home to Phoenix to pursue her love of coaching tennis. She was the Head Women’s Tennis Coach at Glendale Community College and then Arizona Christian University before becoming a Physical Education teacher for preschool through 8th-grade students at Tesseract private school, where she taught and coached for five years. Cady feels so fortunate to continue to work with children and encourage their love of movement. We feel so fortunate to have Cady on our team!
A Percussionist and Educator, Wes earned bachelor’s degrees in Music Education and Percussion Performance, and a master’s in Music Education (Jazz Studies emphasis). He previously served as Band Director at Tesseract School and Carl Hayden High School and was on the faculty of NAU’s Curry Summer Music Camp for 12 years. As a performer, he has a wealth of experience ranging from Drum & Bugle Corps to Symphony Orchestra, from rock’n’roll cover bands to big band jazz ensembles, from school musicals to professional opera companies. Wes owns the Rhythm is Life Percussion Studio and leads the popular Rhythm Is Life Steel Band (rhythmislife.com). “Music has the power to transport each and every one of us to a better place, and I have made it my goal to share what I have learned with the next generation of music makers.”
Coach J.J. earned his bachelor’s degree at the Univ. of South Alabama and his master’s in Physical Education from the Univ. of West Alabama. Prior to his teaching career, J.J. played baseball at ASU and enjoyed coaching baseball with the L.A. Angels of Anaheim. He has taught P.E. at other local K-8 private & charter schools as well as at Greensboro High School (Greensboro, AL), where he was also head varsity baseball coach. J.J. has a stellar reputation for inspiring students of all ages and abilities to participate in sports and fitness activities, regardless of their perceived strengths or challenges.
Michaela joined our expanding team in 2015 and immediately became a valued member of our staff. Michaela holds an undergraduate degree in Social Work from NAU and a Master’s Degree from the University of Washington, also in Social Work (with an emphasis on Children, Youth and Families). Having experience and specialized training in school-based environments, Michaela has brought a wealth of information and energy to our school.
Jennifer, a certified art teacher, is a U of A grad with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Education (emphasis in painting). She has over a decade of experience teaching studio art to pre-k through high school students in both public and private school settings. Jennifer continually hones her skills and explores her artistic expression through her work as a fine art and portrait photographer and freelance artist, including but not limited to painting, modern calligraphy, henna, and digital/website/graphic design. She is also dedicated to expanding her knowledge and mastery of different media, such as ceramics, in order to expose her students to as many art forms as possible. Jennifer’s lessons merge art history, theory, self-expression, and the joy of the process of making art. We are excited to see what JGS students will create with Jennifer’s expertise and guidance!
Kris, who holds a bachelor of science in Education, joined JGS in 2017. When he first enrolled in college, Kris pursued a Fire Science degree with the intention of becoming a firefighter. While waiting for an EMT job opening, he took a position at a public school as a paraprofessional in a self contained classroom. He had no idea that it would have such an influence on his career path, but very soon after, he knew he needed to go another direction: Four years later, Kris had earned his Education degree. Kris is very grateful for the opportunity to be a part of The Jones-Gordon School, and we are grateful to have him!
Marcus excels in working with our adolescent populations — especially those making the difficult transition from Middle School to High School. He has held his Registered Behavior Technician certification since 2015, having spent 3 years prior as a Behavioral Coach at The Austin Center of Exceptional Students. Originally attending GCC (and also playing baseball there!) in pursuit of a Music Business Degree, Marcus found himself more interested in the field of education after becoming enamored with working with children with learning differences. Always with a keen sense of humor, Marcus can be found around campus discussing current events and playing sports with the middle and high school students.