Erin Jones, the adopted daughter of two educators, grew up in The Netherlands where her parents taught at the American School of The Hague. She speaks four languages: Dutch, French, English and Spanish. She attended Bryn Mawr College, where she earned a BA in Comparative Literature with a focus on literatures of the African Diaspora.
Later, she earned her teaching certificate at Pacific Lutheran University with endorsements in English, French and ELL. In 2007, the Washington Association of Foreign Language Teachers named her Most Innovative Foreign Language Teacher.
Erin was selected as a Milken Educator of the Year for Washington state while teaching at Rogers High School in Spokane in 2007.
In 2013, Erin was selected as one of ten White House Champions of Change for Educational Excellence for African Americans for her work promoting educational excellence for African-Americans in the community.
Most recently, the Washington state PTA honored Erin with their Educator of the Year award in 2015.
In her three years of serving as the Assistant Superintendent of Student Achievement in the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, her work centered around developing policy recommendations and promoting instructional best practices for diverse student groups. Prior to that, she served as the Director of the Center of the Improvement of Student Learning.
Erin’s professional career in education spans 23 years of service with a wide range experiences:
- Substitute teacher
- Public and private classroom teacher
- Instructional coach
- AVID instructor
- Assistant state superintendent
- School district director for AVID
- Board Member of Girl Scouts of Western Washington, Recruiting Washington Teachers, and College Spark
All three of Erin's children attended public schools for their entire K-12 experience. Erin’s husband, James, is a public school teacher.