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Jones Wins 2017 Excellence in Education Award

Congratulations to Millicent “Fluffy” Jones ’66 ‘72, recipient of the 2017 Excellence in Education Award. Jones was presented with the honor at a College of Education award ceremony and alumni event on Tuesday, April 25.

For the first time this year, the award ceremony focused solely on alumni, drawing former education students from the class of 1961 to 2015. Alumna Ashli East was also presented with the 2017 Victor Frankl Award in Counseling.

The Excellence in Education award recognizes an individual who has made contributions in the field of education and actively involved in the College. Friend Kay Davis Ward nominated Jones, writing that she “has long been a significant and successful educator in Fort Worth ISD, a committed volunteer in the city, and an active and dedicated alumna for TCU.”

Jones earned a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s degree in Reading from TCU, and studied in London. She worked in Fort Worth ISD for 34 years as a teacher and as principal at Tanglewood Elementary, where she was named administrator of the year for the district.

She retired from education in 2000 and worked for another 10 years at the Alzheimer’s Association as their administrative assistant. Her other philanthropic involvement includes work with Tarrant County Food Bank, the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, service as part of the Emma’s Elves steering committee and as a United Church of Christ Deacon.

At the award ceremony Jones recounted her first day of student teaching as a disaster. “I ran out of the classroom crying,” she said. She said her supervising teacher, the late Millicent Keeble ’24, encouraged her. “Millicent was the reason I was a successful teacher,” she said. Jones also thanked the late director emeritus of Starpoint School Laura Lee Crane, for encouraging her to return to TCU for a master’s degree.

View photos from the event on the College of Education Facebook page.