When the final bell rings at Baker High School this year, it will mark a milestone for Ed Jones. After more than four decades of teaching science, he will officially end his career.
By Lori Kesinger
Jones has been one of the leading science teachers at Baker schools for the past 37 years. He spent the first 16 years of teaching science to seventh and eighth grades, and the last 21 years to eighth and ninth, plus high school physics.
Originally from Butte, Jones didn’t decide to become a teacher until he attended college at the University of Montana in Missoula. Prior to Baker, he taught in Colstrip and Miles City.
In addition to his work in the classroom, Jones was an athletic coach. He served numerous years as the junior high football coach and was involved with junior high and high school wrestling. Besides coaching, Jones has also been involved with Academic Olympics for the past ten years.
“A lot of good memories,” Jones said. “Especially seeing the students do well at something, whether sports or academics.”
Through the years, Jones kept in mind Einstein’s words, “A person who never made a mistake never tried something new”.
Jones taught many students whose parents also had a class with him when they were in school. Many of those former students may remember the science fairs.
Technology has been one of the greatest changes Jones has seen in his years of teaching, from overhead projectors and chalkboards to Smart Boards, and encyclopedias to internet search engines.
Jones said there will be some things he will miss once retired such as the daily routine, staff and students. He plans to continue with his summer position of grounds maintenance at the school, then he intends to travel.
“What is really memorable is how well some of the students have done and how successful they have become,” Jones added.