Herkimer Jr./Sr. High School English/special education teacher Brooke Jones was recently recognized as one of the 100 Heroes from the United Way of the Mohawk Valley for making an impact in the local community. The recognition coincides with 100th anniversary of the United Way.
In her nomination of Jones, teacher Heather McCutcheon said she is: “a passionate and enthusiastic educator at Herkimer Jr./Sr. High School. She keeps students engaged while learning. Students love Mrs. Jones. Brooke is the assistant student council advisor and always working with students and the community to better Herkimer CSD. Building relationships with students and colleagues is an important part of Brooke’s teaching philosophy and life.”
Jones – who grew up in the community – said being honored means a lot to her, as she has a strong personal connection with Herkimer High School. She also said she loves working with the local community.
“I wouldn’t want to work anywhere else. The ability to work with the same community that helped raise me and where I now get the opportunity to help raise our newest community members is such a privilege,” she said.
“It’s my honor to help serve our community. Their children have had such an impact on me, and I hope that I have had a positive impact on them as well. The opportunity to watch our future Magicians become successful adults is my favorite part of my job.”
High school social studies teacher and student council co-advisor Laura Scalise was also honored to be nominated for her service to the community.