Jessica Jones currently teaches my son Grayson in 1st grade at Sixes Elementary School. Being in the education profession myself, I know how valuable it is that students develop a true love of learning at a young age. Grayson's love of learning has flourished this year with Mrs. Jones. She should be selected for this recognition for countless reasons. She recognizes that the future of the world is sitting in front of her in her classroom today. She embraces the opportunity to make a profound impact on these children and teach them very big lessons even though they are small. Mrs. Jones has a love for her students that is remarkable. She cheers and celebrates their successes, and sheds tears and loses sleep over their struggles. She is most certainly in it for the right reasons and does everything in her power to help her students grow as human beings and learn as much as they possibly can during 1st grade. My son went from a non-reader entering 1st grade to reading above grade level by January. The best part though was that Jessica Jones was JUST as excited about and proud of his progress as my husband and I. For her students are not just her students, they become part of her family. His success was in part because she meets every child where they are academically, while making them feel as if they can conquer the world. I once saw a quote that said, "My teacher believed I was smarter than I was, so I was." Jessica immediately came to mind. Her students learn to celebrate the successes of their peers, even chanting a "Who Rocks the House" song for friends that do something amazing. If you've never seen a class of 6/7 year olds sing and celebrate the accomplishments of a peer, you should. The smile on that child's face is unmatched even on Christmas morning. Her students never brag or consider themselves better than classmates who struggle; instead they learn to celebrate the success of others, no matter how small. For to that child, that success is huge. Jessica Jones carries her support of students outside of the classroom as well. She is the loudest one cheering at basketball or baseball games. She connects with her students and reminds them daily that they are extraordinary and loved. It brings tears to my eyes when I think of the profound impact she has had on my son's life. I believe that he will remember her for years to come and I know that I will always hold a special place in my heart for her. She set such a solid foundation, both academically and socially, working each day to help him be the best little human being that he can be. He learned lessons about sharing, celebrating others, compassion, and effort that will stick with him as he continues through school and into adulthood. Jessica Jones is very deserving of this honor.