Morris Heights teacher surprised with $25,000 check for teaching excellence

A public school teacher in Morris Heights was surprised with a $25,000 personal check and an honorable recognition.

Heather Fordham

Jun 4, 2024, 2:20 AM

Updated 9 days ago


Emilie Jones is an eighth grade English language arts teacher at I.S. X303 Leadership and Community Service in Morris Heights.
Jones was awarded the FLAG Award for Teaching Excellence. The award recognizes one teacher in each of the five boroughs for their commitment and dedication to inspiring students.
"We're really looking for teachers who go above and beyond, and who are making not only an impact for there students in the classroom but also on the larger school community," said Risa Daniels, co-president of the FLAG Award for Teaching Excellence.
Jones was selected out of 1,600 teachers across the city. She was nominated by her school's principal, Monica Brady.
"She always finds the best in people, and I think that's why she's so deserving," said Brady.
Jones is passionate about diversity and inclusion. She played a pivotal role in launching the school's drama program and created the Pride club for LGBTQ+ students.
"I want to make sure all of our kids feel not only involved, but they are affirmed and celebrated," said Jones.
Jones isn't the only one bringing in some cash. The school will also receive a $10,000 grant for an arts-based initiative of Jones' choosing. Jones says she would like some of the money to go toward supporting the drama club.

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