Cher Jones: Local Maryland Principal of the Year


“Mrs. Jones demonstrates deep devotion to the success of every student” is the statement echoed by many at Bonnie Branch Middle School in Ellicott City, MD. Howard County Public School System has named Cher Jones as 2016 Principal of the Year. Jones, principal of Bonnie Branch and member of Howard County Administrators Association (HCAA), AFSA Local 36, will also serve as the Howard County nominee for the Washington Post Principal of the Year.

Serving the Howard County Public School System for over 26 years, she has held roles as a Special Education Teacher and Team Leader, county Special Education Resource Teacher, Assistant Principal and Principal. Jones was also a founder and teacher of Private Tutoring Services serving dyslexic students.

Throughout her time as principal since 2012, Jones has used innovation and collaboration to meet the needs of a diverse student population. She is being recognized for her ability to create a supportive and positive atmosphere in her school community. Jones has earned her reputation as a highly respected school leader because of her quality of instructional programs and skill to build positive relationships with students, staff and parents.

Jones has received praise from the Deputy Superintendent, teachers, parents, community members and students. A parent recently expressed his admiration of the principal to the Board of Education, stating, “Mrs. Jones has been a great principal. She does all that she says she is going to do…she goes above and beyond.”

AFSA is delighted to recognize and honor such an influential school leader. We hope to continue seeing principals make positive impacts in their school communities.