Mary Jones currently serves as the Principal at Bailey Elementary School in the Nash Rocky Mount Public School System. Mary earned her undergraduate degree in Applied Sociology and a minor in Business Administration from East Carolina University. She began her teaching career as a lateral entry teacher and was selected to complete her education requirements through the NC Teach program at ECU. Next, she earned her master’s degree in teaching (MAT) with a concentration in middle school science and social studies. In 2007, Mary was certified as a NBCT after completing the requirements for National Board Certification in early adolescent science. During the summer months, she served as a camp instructor for NCSU’s engineering outreach camps for middle school students. Next, she joined the ECU cohort for aspiring administrators, where she completed coursework and earned her administrator license through the add-on program. She began as a school level administrator, serving as an Assistant Principal at Northern Nash High School. While at NNHS, she served as the administrator of the PBIS team, which received state recognition for the only high school to receive “Exemplar” status for three consecutive years. Mary began the Ed D program at the NCSU College of Education in the fall of 2013, in Administration and Supervision. In 2014, she co-authored a manuscript entitled “Diversity and Inclusion in Social Media: A Case Study of Student Behavior” under the direction of Dr. Lance Fusarelli. The manuscript was published in the Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership (JCEL). In 2014, she became the Principal of Bailey Elementary School, one of sixteen elementary schools in the Nash Rocky Mount School System.