Dalton Public Schools News

Irene Jones Honored as the Dale Cook Support Educator of the Year Award Winner

Dalton, GA – Irene Jones has been named the recipient of the Dale Cook Support Educator of the Year Award by the Dalton Education Foundation. This award, sponsored by the Dalton Education Foundation, friends, and family of Ms. Cook, recognizes exceptional contributions made by student support staff members within the Dalton Public Schools system.

Irene Jones

The Dale Cook Support Educator of the Year Award is presented annually to a non-certificated, non-classroom staff member who has demonstrated a profound commitment to enhancing educational opportunities for children in Dalton. Irene Jones, recognized for her commitment and invaluable contributions to the Dalton Public Schools (DPS) community, epitomizes the essence of this honor.

In her nomination for the award, Irene was commended for her exceptional service and dedication to service within the school system. “Irene's tireless efforts behind the scenes ensure the seamless operation of the technology department, positively impacting students, staff, and the broader school community. Her commitment to excellence has made her an indispensable asset to the technology department, media specialists, and schools alike.”

The Dale Cook Support Educator of the Year Award is a testament to the legacy of Mrs. Dale Cook, former head media specialist at Dalton High School. The award, bestowed upon exemplary support educators, celebrates individuals like Irene Jones who tirelessly work to create warm, safe, and nurturing learning environments for students.

David Cook, son of Dale Cook, had the honor of presenting the award and prizes to Irene Jones, acknowledging her remarkable contributions to the Dalton Public Schools community.