Jona an educator with over 20 years of experience in public and private K – 12 schools. She was born in Ohio, grew up in Illinois, and lived/travel in several states and foreign countries. Her two youngest children were born in Rota, Spain while she was stationed there as a member of the United States Navy. Like many students of today she was raised by a single parent. School was not exciting for her because she felt out of place. She was too black for the white students and not black enough for the black students. Jona never saw teachers that looked like her. She never read anything in school about her culture, heritage, speech, dance, or history that was positive. She was Ralph Ellison’s The Invisible Woman. When she became a teacher, Jona vowed that in her classroom she would always make sure that every student felt appreciated and respected. Jona’s goal at Centennial is to bring out the best in each one of her students with culturally relevant literature; students of color can finally see themselves from tribulations to triumphant.