Mr. Jones

Phone: (508) 541-7324 ext. 2124

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Mr. Jones

Dear students, parents, families, and members of the King Philip community,

Welcome to BlackBoard!  I am excited to utilize this BlackBoard site as well as Google Classroom as means of communication between room 124, your homes, and our community this year; I'm going to try my very best to post the homework to these pages every day, and please check back periodically throughout the year for further announcements.

To begin, I want to say that I am very much looking forward to my ninth year here at King Philip Middle School.  I have been waiting for this year to begin with great anticipation and excitement as KPMS adopts a new teaming and co-teaching model, and I can't wait to work with Mrs. Bois, Sra. Brenneis, Mr. Jacobsen, Mrs. Langmead, and Ms. McNulty as part of the 8th grade Yellow Team! KPMS is a tremendous community that I count myself blessed to be a part of every day; I truly feel that we have the best faculty and students at our school! Prior to working at KPMS I spent a year abroad teaching English in China, which truly was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.  I lived and taught in a small city in China's Inner Mongolia province called Tongliao, about 200 miles northwest of China's capital, Beijing.  While in China I was fortunate to be able to travel to various destinations throughout China (I've actually seen more of China than I have the United States!) as well as a few countries in Southeast Asia, including Vietnam, Cambodia, and Malaysia.  Of course, I have many stories, pictures, and videos I am excited to share when we begin our study of Imperial China in February!

Prior to living in China, I graduated from Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island (Go Friars!), where I was a student in the Liberal Arts Honors Program.  My major was history and I also had a double-minor in Italian and art history.  Recently, in May of 2018, I received my masters degree in special education from Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, Massachusetts.  While earning both my undergraduate and graduate degrees, I sought coursework that would be challenging, thought-provoking, and relevant to what I teach, as I always love when I am able to bring strategies and content that I learned from my own classes back to my classroom!

I have many varied interests, hobbies, and favorite things.  I enjoy reading, drawing, painting, exercising, dancing, listening to music, watching movies and streaming TV shows, playing board games and video games, traveling, exploring nutrition, visiting museums, going out to eat, and spending time with my family and friends, to name just a few.  I am a curious and outgoing person, so I am always willing to try something new!

When reading, I prefer the historical fiction and science fiction/fantasy genres, but I also enjoy some nonfiction every now and then too.  My iPhone is pretty much filled to capacity with pop music, but there's also a healthy dose of hip-hop and alternative artists in there as well.  Additionally, I always love a good scare (Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday!) so I love watching horror/suspense/thriller movies.  I have too many favorite books/authors, songs/artists, and movies to list here, but because there are so many I'm sure we'll connect over some of them at some point this year!

Outside of the walls of room 124, I have very much enjoyed participating in some of KPMS's extracurricular activities.  I have been the assistant director and technical coordinator for the KPMS Drama Club productions of The Wizard of Oz, Willy Wonka, Jr., Getting to Know The Sound of Music, High School Musical, Jr., Beauty and the Beast, Jr., Annie, Jr., as well as last year's production of Mary Poppins, Jr., and I look forward to once again working with Ms. Duffy and Mr. DeWolfe on this year's KPMS Drama Club production.  I also look forward to continue to be a co-advisor to the KPMS Student Ambassadors with Ms. McIntyre throughout the year.

So, that's me in a nutshell!  My after-school help day is going to be on Wednesday afternoon this year.  I am very flexible, however, and the doors of room 124 are always open, so if you are unable to make Wednesday afternoon just let me know so we can set up an appointment on a different day.  Feel free to stop by for extra help or just to chat and hang out!

Mr. Jones