When she was a student in Richmond Public Schools, Brittany Jones (M.A.’14/H&S; M.T.’16/E) assumed that all of her classmates had parents who made them do their homework. Her parents sure did. Both were teachers who placed a high value on education.
Jones herself was a history buff. As a child, she dreamed of being a history professor, so it’s no surprise that she majored in history as an undergraduate student at Longwood University. She loved it so much that she decided to pursue her master’s degree in American and African-American history at Virginia Commonwealth University.
To make ends meet, she got a job at a local school, tutoring students in history.
“That’s when I realized how much I enjoy working with kids,” she recalled. “I got more and more interested in becoming a teacher, in having my own classroom and having my own set of kids.”