Rebecca Gibbs Jones, '05 and '08
English, English & Humanities
I am currently a high school English Teacher at Yorktown High School in Arlington, VA, where I have taught all grade levels, including both regular and Advanced Placement courses. I was the faculty sponsor for the class of 2014, and I am the current faculty sponsor for the class of 2017. I am also an Adjunct Professor at Marymount University where I have taught the following courses: Introduction to College Reading, Introduction to College Writing, English Composition I and II, and American Dream.
What have you been up to since you were a student at Marymount?
Since graduation (BA, 2005; MA, 2008), I have accrued over a decade of teaching experience. I also have three beautiful daughters, Kaia (8), Madison (6), and Jordan (1).
What are you working on now and what are you most proud of?
I am most proud of the time I spent in March 2006 in Biloxi, Mississippi, helping families who were affected by Hurricane Katrina to rebuild their homes.
How did your experience at Marymount impact these things?
Upon graduation, I knew that I wanted service and commitment to community to be an active part of my endeavors. Participation in a variety of service projects and volunteer experiences while at MU further taught me the importance of always helping others, no matter one's stage in life.
What are your future career, service, or other goals?
I will continue my commitment to helping others, especially those in my community. As a teacher, I have been the faculty sponsor for our high school's Habitat for Humanity chapter. I would also like to advance my career by obtaining a doctorate in Cultural Studies or Writing & Rhetoric.
What advice would you give to prospective students considering a career in your field
Wherever your degree takes you (and there are many places a degree in English and/or the Humanities can take you), make sure that you wake up each and everyday with a passion for what you do.