Maurice Jones, South Jacksonville, Florida native, graduated from Douglas Anderson High School in 1964 and with support of his parents, Annie and Jacob Jones; sisters, Eartha and Deloris, he enrolled at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University(FAMU). He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education in 1967 and obtained a Master’s Degree in 1971. He completed Specialization in Elementary Curriculum and School Administration at the University of Florida.
Maurice’s professional career began as an Elementary School Teacher in Statesboro, Georgia. Thereafter, he taught school in Broward and Duval Counties. He was a chartered faculty member of the University of North Florida that opened in 1972. Maurice retired as an Elementary School Principal from Duval County Schools in 1998. After retirement from the school system, he was employed as an Educational Consultant with Pearson Publishing Company and as an Adjunct Professor at FAMU.
Maurice is involved in his community and supports his alma mater, Florida A & M University. He is a life member of International Reading Association; life member Douglas Anderson #107 Alumni Association, Life member FAMU Alumni Association; life member of NAACP; member of FAMU Booster Club; member of FAMU 220 Club; member FAMU Varsity F Club; charter member of United Community Outreach Ministries; member of the Governing Board of Bob Hayes Invitational Track and Meet; member of Prince Hall Masonic Mason; member of National alliance of Black School Educators.
He has received numerous awards during his employment tenure, from the community, and FAMU. Most recently, Maurice was inducted in the FAMU, College of Education, Gallery of Distinction, for his contributions to the education. Among other awards received: Concerned Educators of Black Students – International Reading Association -for exceptional leadership and service in the field of education; S. A. Hull Elementary School, Pine Forest Community School, Long Branch Elementary School, and Douglas Anderson Junior/Senior High Schools for dedicated service to schools and community; United Community Outreach Ministries for dedicated service to Southside Community and youth programs; B’NAI B’Rith, A. B. Weil Lodge NO.800, Teacher – Student Humanitarian Award – promoting understanding and happy working and living conditions among students; Scholastic Publishing Company, INC – International Reading Association - for outstanding contributions in the Field of Reading and Language Arts; Texas Alliance of Black School Educators –support of scholarship; The Bob Hayes Committee – continuous support to Bob Haynes Invitational Track and Field Meet.