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Jones Elementary 5th Grade Teacher is ‘Hero’

Mr. Pierce Jones Elementary school teacher Tom Pierce has received the Teachers Are Heroes Award for November 2012 from the San Diego County Office of Education, Lincoln Financial Media and Azusa Pacific University.

Pierce has been a classroom teacher for a total of 23 years, with 15 years at Jones. He has taught grades three and four, but for the past several years he has taught fifth grade. A passionate and dedicated teacher, Jones holds high expectations for his students that are reflected in their test scores year after year.

"Mr. Pierce works tirelessly to build a strong learning community in his classroom where students learn to be responsible, respectful, and to take initiative," said Principal Rita Powell.

A panel of station and sponsor representatives read through all of the nominations and select 12 teachers each year to recognize.

Pierce received a beautiful glass trophy, a $100 Gift Card from GTM Stores, a gift certificate for office supplies, and his entire class will enjoy a lunch party courtesy of Wendy's! At the conclusion of the school year, teachers, classes, and families of this year’s Teachers Are Heroes Award will gather for a complimentary fun day at LEGOLAND® California which includes a private presentation ceremony.

For more information, go to the program website.