Miami, FL – Shevrin Jones was recently named Executive Director for Florida Reading Corps, a nonprofit program dedicated to increasing early literacy skills in children ages 3–5. In this role, Jones will be supporting statewide expansion of Florida Reading Corps to enhance student achievement in literacy.
“Shev is a passionate leader who deeply understands the education landscape in Florida,” said Chief Advancement Officer Lindsay Dolce. “Shev combines the meaningful experience, strong human values and firsthand knowledge from the classroom that every child can succeed and we have the opportunity to empower every child to succeed not only in school but ultimately in life.”
Florida Rep. Jones received his early education in the Miami-Dade County public school system. Upon graduating from American Senior High School, he attended Florida A&M University where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology. He holds a master’s degree in Educational Leadership, with a concentration in Higher Education from Florida Atlantic University. Jones is now pursuing his doctoral degree in Educational Leadership, concentrating on policies that hinder the matriculation of black and brown students from high school to college.
Prior to becoming a legislator, Rep. Jones served as AP Chemistry teacher in the Broward County Public School system from 2006-2008, and went on to teach at Florida Atlantic University High School from 2008-2012. There, Jones led his school to No. 1 in the state for having a 100 percent pass rate on the Science End of Course (EOC) Exam. Jones believes that teaching was his calling, and whenever he entered a classroom, it was always with the mindset that “Every child CAN learn.”
Rep. Jones is also very involved on the local, state and national level. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Leadership Florida Class 32, Leadership Broward Class 27, the South Florida Youth Summit’s Executive Planning Team and the Council of State Governments TOLLS fellowship program, to name a few. He has been recognized with numerous awards and accolades including a feature in Gold Coast Magazine’s “Top 40 under 40,” the Margaret E. Roach Humanitarian Award from the Urban League of Broward County, Legacy Magazine’s “Top 40 under 40 Leaders of Today and Tomorrow,” the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Fort Lauderdale’s Finest, a Congressional Political Institute Honoree, ICABA’s 100 Most Accomplished Caribbean Americans, 2015 Florida Young Democrat of the Year and Broward Parent Teachers Association’s Legislator of the Year.
Florida Reading Corps is currently recruiting tutors for the 2018-19 school year. To learn more and apply visit www.floridareadingcorps.org.