Sommer Jones, Board Member
Ms. Jones began her teaching career in 1997 as a fourth-grade teacher in a small urban school in Watts, within Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). After 4 years of teaching in LAUSD, she joined an urban charter school, View Park Preparatory Accelerated Charter School, because she saw the charter movement as an ideal reform model for our public education system. Within the growing Charter Management Organization, at Inner City Education Foundation (ICEF), Sommer taught at a variety of grade levels and led multiple school wide reform efforts. In 2003, she earned National Board Certification as an educator in the Middle Childhood Generalist area.
In 2009, Sommer became an administrator as a Bridge Coordinator, overseeing the CMOs implementation of Student Success Teams at each of the 13 schools as well as supporting schools with implementation of Section 504 plans and some general special education support. After a few years in this role, Sommer moved into curriculum and instruction as she oversaw the elementary writing program and supported teachers in designing curriculum to better support district writing initiatives. Throughout her career, Sommer has served as a teacher and administrator in multiple capacities. She, served as the principal for Lou Dantzler Prep Middle School, an ICEF school and earned her Level II Administrative Credential with CSUDH’s Charter and Autonomous School Leaders Academy.
In 2012, Sommer joined Synergy Academies as the Director of Special Education & Student Services. She provides support to three school sites and also serves an important role with LAUSD’s Charter Operated Program (COP) where she serves on the Director’s Advisory Committee, providing consult to LAUSD’s COP Director and serves a trainer for behavioral professional developments across the district’s 200 plus charter schools.
Ms. Jones attended California State University at Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) for her undergraduate work and UCLA’s Center X for her Masters of Arts in Education and CLAD Multi-Subject credential. She has been married for 18 years - she and her husband are avid sailors and proud parents of 9th grader, Larkin Jones.