The Walter Damrosch School
Clubs & Associations
UFT, Kiwanis, YCAP, NCNW, Zeta Phi Beta, Educators 4 Excellence
Let me begin by introducing myself, I am Dr. Latasha Jones, the mother of a 17-year-old daughter.
I achieved my Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Legal Studies from the prestigious John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 2006, and a dual Masters in Education and Special Education from Mercy College in 2008, and in 2013 I received my Masters in Administration and Doctorates in Instructional Leadership both from St. John’s. I am a native of New York State and I presently reside in Yonkers, NY.
I am currently employed with the New York City Department of Education where I teach students with special needs that teaches all subjects. I specialize in providing educational programs for children with social, emotional and learning difficulties and those with severe academic deficits. I have been working for New York City Board of Education for the past five years where I teach middle school students, but in the past 13 years, I have had an opportunity to teach high school students and middle school with special needs in all subject areas. I am instrumental in my school for being in charge of the debate team to compete against other schools. Debate has proved to spark a joy of learning within my students who already have so many challenges when it comes to learning.
I also am a board member for YCAP (Yonkers Community Action Program). I have been a board member for two years. Being a part of YCAP is great because that is another way I am able to create change within my community. I am an active member of the (NCNW) National Council of Negro Women and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated.
In my five years at the New York City Department of Education, my students and I have been a part of a program called Lead2feed. Lead2feed is a free student leadership program that creates student leaders. My students and I have created a group called “The Feeding Angels”. Our group, for the last four years, has raised $42,000 in which we donated back into the community to help feed more people in need. In addition to the inspiring work that I have done with my students we have been recognized for the work that we do by Fox 5, Bronx News 12, Good Day New York, ABC news, New York 1, Educators for Excellence and St. John’s University. On February 9, 2016 I was awarded by The New York Knickerbockers Sweetwater Clifton “City Spirit” Award for making a significant difference in the lives of others.
In February of 2015, I started my own business called Motivated Women’s Movement. I am a motivational speaker and my goal is to motivate and inspire people’s lives. Ultimately, my goal is to promote confidence, self-esteem, awareness of personal responsibility, and the importance of obtaining an education for all children and help them learn from their mistakes. Working with this population can be challenging at times, but I am a firm believer, that “with time and effort we can all make a difference.”
Although I have taught within various content areas, History has always been most important to me. The children/people should learn about their heritage, the history of their culture, as well as the history of the world. Teaching history allows students to discover the trials and tribulations of mankind which can ultimately be applied to their own lives and be implemented as life lessons.
All this that I do is done because of the love that I have for children, men, and women. If I just reach one, I have done my job! People need help to be supported and guided in the right direction.
MA Administration and Doctorates, Instructional Leadership, St. John’s University
Dual MA Education and Special Education, Mercy College
BS Legal Studies, John Jay College of Criminal Justice