Hundreds of friends, family members and colleagues gathered on Sunday, Oct. 28 to honor Marine Jones at the dedication ceremony held in her honor to officially open Marine D. Jones Middle School.
Mrs. Jones devoted 38 years to Aldine ISD as a school secretary, teacher, librarian and counselor.
After her educational career, she served for 10 years as an Aldine ISD Trustee on the Board of Education. During her Board tenure, Mrs. Jones held all four Board offices and served on numerous committees. She has lived in the Aldine community for more than 50 years.
Mrs. Jones thanked a number of groups she is close to who were in attendance at the dedication ceremony.
“I want to thank the Board of Trustees for the honor of having my name placed on this beautiful building,” she said. “Thanks to Rev. Dr. Edwin Davis and my Galilee (Missionary Baptist Church) family for being here. Thanks to my Lincoln Park weight training class and Seniors on the Move, and to the members of the North Harris County Retired Teachers Association.
“To the Aldine family, current and former principals, co-workers and administrators in Aldine ISD, thank you all for being here. Relationships that are formed in Aldine are lifelong.”
Mrs. Jones recounted her Aldine journey, which began 58 years ago when she accepted a job as the secretary at Bethune Elementary School. In 1963, she moved to Drew Middle School and taught sixth- and eighth-grade language arts and later served as the assistant librarian. In 1967, she transferred to Aldine High School where she became the first African-American teacher on that campus. She then moved to MacArthur High School where she served as the school’s librarian. She also served as a counselor at MacArthur before moving to Aldine Contemporary Education Center where she served as a counselor.
In 2002, she became the first female African-American to serve on the Board of Trustees when she was appointed to fill the unexpired term for former Trustee Doug Bussey.
“Throughout all of the firsts and positions I’ve held in Aldine, I’ve tried to maintain a pleasant and positive attitude, give 100 percent at all times and be on time while being myself,” she said.
Mrs. Jones concluded her remarks by reciting Albert Guest’s poem, Myself.
Abel Garza, assistant superintendent of community and governmental relations, delivered the welcome to open the dedication ceremony and introduced members of the Board of Trustees, Aldine Superintendent Dr. LaTonya M. Goffney and members of her executive leadership team. He also introduced former Board members A.W. Jones and Rick Ogden and former Superintendents Dr. Wanda Bamberg and Nadine Kujawa. Also in attendance were former Deputy Superintendent Dr. Archie Blanson, former Assistant Superintendent of Administration Vernon Lewis and his wife Kathy, former General Counsel Jonathan Hantke, former Assistant Superintendent of Finance Ann-Marie Hazzan and former Assistant Superintendent of Community and Governmental Relations Ben Wilson and his wife Candy.
The Jones Middle School LOTC presented the colors and Jones students Lillian Flores and Layla Castillo led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance and Pledge to the Texas Flag.
Rev. Dr. Edwin A. Davis, pastor of Galilee Missionary Baptist Church, delivered the invocation, which was followed by a video highlighting Mrs. Jones service to Aldine.
The Jones Middle School Mighty Toro Choir then performed two songs.
Board President Steve Mead then accepted the school on behalf of the Board of Trustees and Jones Principal Marcus Pruitt accepted the school on behalf of the school’s administration. Jones teacher Sha-Tia Hollaway accepted the school on behalf of the Jones staff and student Alana Jackson accepted the school on behalf of the student body. Jones parent Wilkie Law accepted the school on behalf of the community.
Following Mrs. Jones’ remarks, she and her daughter Marcie Jones-Strahan, the principal of Hall Center for Education, unveiled the portrait of Mrs. Jones that will hang in the school.
Dr. Goffney delivered closing remarks, thanking Mrs. Jones for her 58 years of service to Aldine.
“Thank you so much Mrs. Jones for all that you have accomplished through the years in Aldine, most of which you accomplished volunteering,” Dr. Goffney said. “It’s amazing that you have given 58 years of service to Aldine. Thank you so much for all that you have done.”
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