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Marsha Jones
Lost Creek Elementary School
Vigo County School District
Terre Haute, Indiana

As the five-year principal of Lost Creek Elementary School, Marsha Jones has used kindness, innovation, and involvement to achieve student success. Last year, Lost Creek made national news for its SPPRAK Wall (Special People Performing Random Acts of Kindness). Originally created by three Terre Haute community members, the project features student-written Post-it notes with compliments, encouragement, and words of thanks. Jones has maintained the Wall in order to build a positive environment; Student Council officers choose five SPPRAK messages per day to read on the morning announcements. Jones has also been successful in integrating new technology in instruction by working with the school's PTO to secure document cameras, speakers, and projectors for all classrooms. She has also implemented the use of online resources for both instructional and assessment purposes. Students receive additional learning opportunities through intervention and enrichment periods, after-school clubs, and academic teams including Roaring Readers, Math Team, and the Explorers Science Club. Jones serves on the Legislative Committee for the Indiana Association of School Principals, an organization which honored her as Principal of the Year in 2014; she also volunteers for United Way, the Indiana Blood Center, and Riley Children's Hospital, leading numerous projects in partnership with Lost Creek. Jones holds a B.S. and an M.S. with thirty additional graduate hours from Indiana State University.