On Wednesday, July 17, 2019, over 100 people attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Pike Township’s brand new early learning center. The early learning center was named in honor of former Pike Township Superintendent Dr. Nathaniel Jones. Dr. Jones served as Superintendent in Pike Township from 2003-2016. He was one of the longest-serving Superintendents in the state.
I have looked up to Dr. Jones since I joined the education field almost ten years ago. He was a role model not only when I was a student at Pike High School, but even when I served two stints in the district as a teacher. When I became an administrator, I wanted to have an impact on people the same way he had an impact on me.
Countless black men and women are serving in leadership roles who can thank Dr. Jones for opening a door and giving them a chance. He was that type of leader. He remembered what it was like as a teacher and administrator in IPS and Washington, and when he came to Pike, he made sure to develop the next generation of leaders.
The Nathaniel Jones Early Learning Center will open this upcoming school year and enroll students ages three and four. The goal is to provide a foundation for learning socially and academically in preparation for school success and beyond. Tuition is $165 per week. Before and aftercare are also available for an additional fee. The Nathaniel Jones Early Learning Center is located at 7839 New Augusta Road.