Ms. Jones was born in Heidelberg, Mississippi. After graduating from high school, Ms. Jones attended Mississippi Valley State University in Itta Bena, Mississippi where she received a Bachelors of Science Degree in Elementary and Secondary Education with a Minor in Special Education. Ms. Jones received a Universal Special Education Certification from the University of Houston in Houston, Texas and a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and Research from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Ms. Jones has served as an administrator across the spectrum; elementary, middle and high school. Before beginning her career in administration, Ms. Jones teaching experiences included Early Childhood Special Education, Learning Impairment Specialist, Language Arts and Reading Specialist, Literacy Support Specialist and General Education teacher. Ms. Jones’ teaching experiences have been both in state- side schools and in the Department of Defense Schools in Europe and the Pacific.
Ms. Jones has held numerous leadership roles throughout her educational career. She has served as chairperson for Continuous School Improvement, Partnerships-in-Education, School Climate and Culture Committees and various Mentorship Programs. In addition, she has served as a Curriculum Implementation Facilitator, Professional Staff Developer, Teacher Mentor and Graduate Study Group facilitator. Ms. Jones has served on the School Advisory Council and PTO board.
Ms. Jones has two daughters that are graduates of DoDDS Schools both Europe and Pacific Regions. She enjoys outdoor sports and activities. Ms. Jones is an enthusiast of whole living which allows her to pursue her love of cooking, fitness, travel, family and friends.
Ms. Jones served as Acting Principal and Lester Middle School and is thrilled to have the opportunity to continue the work with the students, teachers, parents and the community on Camp Lester. Together as a team we thrive for excellence and the overall success of our students.
Susan Kemp is an enthusiastic leader with over 22 years of experience in the field of education, including eleven with DoDEA. This is her second year at Lester Middle School. Over the course of her career she has gained a range of experience working for five schools at the elementary and middle levels within three different school systems.
Kemp earned a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education with an emphasis in reading from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1996. She has since continued her education with a Master’s Degree from William Carey University (2004) in elementary education with a gifted education emphasis (K-12). After joining DoDEA in 2008, she continued her studies by taking an additional 34 semester hours with classes from the University of San Diego, University of Phoenix, North Dakota State University, and San Diego State University (Fall 2008- Fall 2018) in which she added Teacher Leader and Educational Technologist Certification, as well as her Administration Credential. (GPA- 4.0)
Throughout her career, Kemp has worked in a variety of positions and leadership roles. Starting as a Chapter 1 assistant in second and third grades, she then became an assistant in grades 3-5 in a behavior modification class as she continued her education. After graduation, Kemp worked as fourth grade teacher before teaching gifted students at the middle and elementary levels. In Lamar County School District in Mississippi, she was a member of the District Technology Team, Master Teacher of Economics Program trainer and presenter, Presenter at the Mississippi Gifted Education Conference, Whole School Arts Initiative/School Improvement Co-Chair, Team Leader and Master Teacher for Lamar County. She has continued her leadership with DoDEA by acting as Gifted Committee Leader, Continuous School Improvement Co-Chair, Lead Mentor, Team and Job Alike Leader, Student Support and Discipline Team Member, and Testing Administrator Assistant. As Continuous School Improvement Co-chair, she helped lead before and during two Quality Assurance Review visits. In an administrative role, Kemp has gained valuable organizational knowledge. In addition to the day to day operations, Kemp has planned and lead staff development, meetings, and other important activities to ensure that the school is running smoothly.
As a former gifted education teacher, Kemp knows the need for adding rigor to the classroom by expecting highest student achievement. She believes in collaboration with all stakeholders and monitoring data to address the needs of all students in order to continue the culture of continuous improvement. She collaborates well with peers and has the desire to help both teachers and students achieve their potential. She states, “It is an honor and a privilege to work with not only the faculty and staff at Lester but also the families in our military community. I am very excited to continue working with the Lester Middle School Community to promote success for all learners.”
Kemp and her husband, Stanley, live in Okinawa and enjoy biking, walking and traveling. She also enjoys spending time with her son, Cameron, who works for a local hotel in Okinawa, daughter, Cassidy, former ESL teacher for DoDEA, and her son-in-law, John, who works for the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency.