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Hope Jones

Director of Pre-K to 8

Hope has served as director of Pre-K to 8 since 2014. Prior to her work here, she was assistant head of lower school at Viewpoint School in Calabasas, Calif. There, she was also primary and lower school curriculum coordinator, co-chair of the Technology in Curriculum Task Force, and communication liaison for K-5 school publications. Hope holds a B.A. in Elementary Education and English from the University of Alabama – Huntsville as well as an M.A. in Middle Level Curriculum and Instruction from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. She has 15 years of teaching experience at schools in Alabama, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and California. Hope and her husband, Charles, have two children, Hannah and Charlie.

English 8

Pre-K to 8 Distance Learning Update

March 18, 2020
Schooling is always a partnership. In a distance learning environment, especially so at the lower and middle grades, this partnership becomes the champion of learning. The success of this endeavor is dependent on careful planning by dedicated faculty, student engagement, and strong parental support. The clear goal of these distance learning days is to be analogous to the students’ experience on typical days at school: to interact, to engage, to grow, and ultimately, to learn.

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Jones, Wardlaw selected to participate in Leadership Rome

October 3, 2017
The Leadership Rome XXXV class is underway and two Darlington faculty members are among the participants. Hope Jones, director of Pre-K to 8 and Beth Wardlaw, technology integration specialist, have been selected to be a part of this nine-month program.

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Clements hired to teach 3-5 science

August 9, 2017
After a very short retirement, Alice Clements will return to Darlington this year to teach science in grades 3-5. A longtime Darlington Tiger, she taught third grade at the school from 2005 to 2014 and has served as a long- and short-term substitute teacher for various grades during the last three years.

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Cooper hired to teach English

July 11, 2017
Eric Cooper has been selected to teach middle grades English at Darlington this upcoming school year, and as such, is excited to become a part of the Darlington Community.

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Tuesdays at Thatcher | TIGERTalk With a Challenge

Communications | Jennifer Collins, September 23, 2016
This Tuesday Hope Jones, director of ELA-8, invited me to come and participate in the TIGERTalk that she was holding for parents of students in the Joanne G. Yancey Library in Thatcher Hall. Coffee was provided and therefore I was successfully lured in for what would soon become much more than a simple presentation.

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Raymond to teach English, coach swimming

July 25, 2016
Alicia Raymond will not only be joining the Darlington Community as the newly named English teacher for grades 6 and 7, but she will also serve as the head swim coach at the Upper School.

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Coming Soon: ELA-8 Makerspace

Academic Administration | Hope Jones, July 7, 2016
We are in the process of creating our new ELA-8 Makerspace here at Darlington School. What is a Makerspace? In simple terms, it is a space that allows for creativity and innovation to occur so that students can engage in learning experiences with real-life connections.

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Alumni Lunch & Learn: The Value of Play

April 13, 2016
ELA-8 director Hope Jones presented a talk to Rome-area alumni about children and the importance of playtime to their development. Thank you to Wright Bagby ('63, LD'12), Carolyn (Seigler) Brearley ('99), Brooke Brinson ('88, LD'14), and Allison (Hunter) Brooks ('79, LD'14) for making this engaging networking event possible.

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"Shadowing" project among highlights at boarding school conference

January 9, 2016
A student-shadowing exercise from Darlington's 2014-15 school year took center stage last month at The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS) Annual Conference in Boston. ELA-8 Director Hope Jones and Upper School Director Matthew Peer co-presented on their experiences in a session titled “What you can learn by shadowing a student.”

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Some faculty, staff to take on new roles

June 24, 2015
The following faculty and staff members will take on new and/or additional job roles at Darlington in 2015-16.

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