Karen Jones, math teacher, announced her retirement earlier this month after 35 years of teaching, 17 of those being here at Lake Shore.
Jones is probably most notable for her incredulous math skills and sarcasm, and has been a huge part of the Lake Shore community over the past 17 years, from teaching math and computer classes to helping with Lake Shore’s international programs, and even working Senior Prom. She has taught a plethora classes here at Lake Shore, predominantly math courses, ranging from basic math to Calculus, however has occasionally taught technology classes such as Computer Programming, and even taught one year of American History. Jones says that her favorite class to teach is “Algebra II.”
Along with teaching, Jones has done many things to help Lake Shore’s community. She has served as soccer announcer and scorekeeper, International Program Coordinator, Teacher Union Representative, Teacher Union Treasurer, and Teacher Union President.
She has helped with the international program for many years, and when discussing her time with the program, said, “I really enjoy working with the International Program. I think it is so important to have diversity in our school. We need to be comfortable in the global market and exposed to different cultures. I have a little experience with the guests from Spain and a lot of experience with the guests from China.” Her favorite memories from the program include, “Watching students going to a pumpkin patch and learn our tradition of carving pumpkins. There is so much enthusiasm for our traditions. Another is having an International Summit in our district with teachers and students from LSHS, Spain, Germany, Italy and China sharing cultural differences and similarities. Four cultures in one room at a time is so impressive and unique.” This year, Jones has helped put on numerous activities for the Chinese exchange students: face painting for Spirit Week, pumpkin carving for Halloween, and an Easter-egg scavenger hunt.
Jones has many fond memories of Lake Shore, and she shared one of those in an interview, “1. The Prom is a favorite memory. I attend the Prom and get to see how nice everyone looks all dressed up and having fun. I even join in the dancing with my students. I just love to see everyone grow and mature into adulthood.”
Jones will be missed here at Lake Shore, but she is excited for her new post-retirement journey to come. She plans on living life to the fullest and confesses, “This will be a new chapter in life that has unlimited possibilities. I plan to continue working part time including tutoring, travel (I already have plans in August), learn to play the piano, paint (I love art) and enjoy life!”
Don’t worry Shorians, Jones hasn’t forgotten about us yet, and even plans on visiting us in the future saying, “Lake Shore is an important part of my life.” She closes by saying that she wants students to, “Hopefully as a teacher that cares about people, promotes a love of learning, and has helped students learn that math is great!”