Practicum Placement Specialist and Data Coordinator, Student Services CenterJewel D. Worthy, Ed.S. [View Image]
The knowledge obtained during an extensive career in education for over 25 years has equipped Jewel Douglas Worthy, a new member of the Student Services Center, with the skills needed to obtain a diverse practicum experience for the pre-service teachers at VCU. Worthy was a mathematics consultant who presented workshops, participated in calibration walks, and monitored data to identify learning strategies. For four years, she was a performance and improvement manager who designed appraisal rubrics and met with principals to enhance the effectiveness of the teachers and school staff.
As a teacher development specialist for Houston Independent School District (HISD), Worthy partnered with Harvard University to implement the Apollo 20 Research Project in 11 elementary sites to turn around the academic performance of the diverse student population over a three-year period. As a middle school math coach in HISD for two years, she served as the Claremont University liaison for the Connected Math and Exxon Mobil A+ Research Study. Modeling “Teach like a Champion” best practices, coaching teachers with respect, and incorporating engaging activities into the lessons, she was essential in the transformation of a low performing campus.
After obtaining a master’s degree, Worthy served as an elementary guidance counselor for eight years in a public school and even hosted a counseling intern. While teaching middle school mathematics for 10 years in Williamsburg, Virginia, she served on various SOL review committees for the Virginia Department of Education, was involved in professional organizations like Phi Delta Kappa International, and mentored student teachers in her classroom. "Creating a thirst for learning" is her motto.