NEW SCHOOL YEAR
Spunky and talkative first year teacher, Brooke Jordan, is now a part of the Turner Woods family. She made her way through the Jones County school system just to turn around and be a part of the county she knows so well.
Jordan has lived in Jones County all but one year, going to school at Mattie Wells Elementary School, Clifton Ridge Middle School, and Jones County High School. She graduated from the high school in 2014, having fond memories of her school years.
“Growing up we were always involved in different sports and clubs,” she said. “We went to Mattie Wells Elementary, so we did a lot of things like Math Club or Peer Helpers. We were always involved in sports.”
After graduating, Jordan said she attended Middle Georgia State University in Macon. She commuted back and forth from the university and liked how close the school was to home. Her hard work paid off and she is now teaching fourth grade at Turner Woods Elementary.
“I’ve always wanted to be a teacher,” she said. “I can remember during the summer times playing school with my sisters. For the most part I was the teacher and my sisters were the students.”
During her school years, Jordan said she did a lot of cheerleading and joined different clubs. She said her best memory as a student here in Jones County was being a part of the Unified Program.
“Before then I had never really been introduced to children with special needs. The Unified Program really puts an emphasis on the general education students and special education students working together, so one period a day we did different sports,” she said.
Jordan said if she had a bad day, the students she would work with during that time would put a smile on her face. She said now more than ever she wants to give back to the community she grew up in.
“I was a student teacher last year at Turner Woods, and I got to work with Mr. Rusty Owens. He made an impact on my life as a student, but now the role is reversed a bit and I work along beside everyone to make an impact on these kids’ lives,” Jordan said.
The young teacher said when she got the call that she would be working at Turner Woods she was super excited. She said she didn’t hesitate to start texting her family and everyone she knew about her career start. Her mother, Stephanie Jordan, said she was happy that her daughter would be working in the same small town they both graduated from.
“I was really excited for her when she was hired at Turner Woods because it was her first pick,” the mother said. “I think this is a good school system and she can be of value to the community. Brooke decided at a very young age she would be a teacher, and it never wavered.”
The new fourth-grade teacher teaches science and social studies to the entire grade level. She said her biggest challenge is being in the classroom by herself. Emma Burgamy, a student in Jordan’s class, said she’s glad to have her as a teacher this year.
“She’s very nice and a good teacher,” Emma said. “She’s teaching us about the solar system and Earth, which is something we don’t know about much. We do lots of fun activities in her class.”
Jordan said she enjoys talking a lot, which works in her favor for teaching. She said she is looking forward to the years to come at Turner Woods Elementary and is happy to be teaching in the same school system she grew up in.
“I definitely would like to stay here and teach all 30 years,” the teacher said. “My plan is to stay in Jones County and raise a family here.”