Jones’ ability to reach students in bold, transformative ways earned her
tenure and a Center for Excellence in Teaching award last fall. She began at Quinnipiac in 2013, after working at a health care conglomerate in Kentucky, and later, taking a leadership role at Feed the Children.
“As a student, I always felt like the teachers I connected with the most were those with corporate experience because I got to hear their real-world stories,” Jones said.
Her senior capstone class is focused on real-world learning. She splits the class into groups to help meet the website needs of nonprofits. The projects are critiqued by IT professionals. One project choice is Leah’s Dragonfly Dash, a road race that raises money for local children in memory of a 6-year-old girl who died in a car accident.
On a global scale, her students also have built a website for a middle school in San Lucas Tolimán in Guatemala.
“I strongly believe in the importance of giving back to others,” Jones said. “We’re here to serve.”