Michelle Jones has been selected to serve as the Chief of Staff for the Pacific South District in Okinawa, Japan. Her passion is educating, engaging and empowering students, teachers, and the staff she leads and communities she is a part of. Ms. Jones promotes the development of students academically, socially, and emotionally to become independent and active problem-solvers in our 21st century global society. As a former military spouse she understands the diverse needs of our military families.
Ms. Jones began her career as an educator at the age of 20 at Parrish High School and then Cordova Elementary School in Alabama. She expanded her influences to Texas when the opportunity emerged to join the Killeen Independent School District. When the opportunity to join the DoDEA team presented itself, she excitedly accepted and moved her family and began one of life’s greatest journeys. Michelle spent the first nine years in the DoDEA school system in Germany at Kitzingen Elementary School supporting the needs of military students and their families. In 2006, she was transferred to Okinawa to continue her journey as an educator at Kinser Elementary School. While in Okinawa, she was promoted and had the privilege to serve as Assistant Principal at E.C. Killen Elementary School and as Principal at Bob Hope Primary School. Most recently, she has been the Principal of Osan Elementary School in South Korea. Osan Elementary School was the first 21st Century School to open in the Pacific West District.
Ms. Jones is currently pursuing her PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Leadership, Communication, and Counseling through Amridge University in Alabama. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Master of Arts in both Elementary Education and Education Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. As Pacific South Chief of Staff, Ms. Jones will continue to keep the children at the heart of all we do. Ms. Jones has three children, all products of the DoDEA school system. Adam recently completed his Welding Technologist degree. Austin graduated in June 2017 from Kubasaki High School and is pursuing a degree in Management and Entrepreneurship. Her daughter Autumn looks forward to graduating from the DoDEA school system in 2022. Ms. Jones and her family look forward to their return to Okinawa and enjoying the ocean and the island climate.