Meet Lila Jones

by Jan Whitmer

The Environmental Volunteers has another wonderful teaching intern this year—Lila Jones. Lila is in the multiple-subject credential program at San Jose State University. She will be observing and helping with classroom presentations as well as reformatting our scripts for printing.

Lila grew up in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania and graduated from Bloomsburg University with a degree in Political Science and an MBA. At the time, she wasn’t sure she really wanted to continue on this career path, so she joined AmeriCorps Vista, a national service project designed to fight poverty. She worked in Portland, Maine for 2 years, organizing events for young people, then moved to Oakland and worked for a year with the Cesar Chavez After-School Program, organizing youth service clubs. Working with children and appreciating their energy and enthusiasm led Lila to choose teaching as a career.

Living in the Bay Area has had its pluses and minuses for Lila. She finds its size a little overwhelming, but loves the many opportunities for camping and hiking. She is amazed at the state’s natural diversity —from redwood communities to the desert. Lila loves to travel and explore new places; she drove from Maine to California! Her favorite stop along the way was Arches National Park in Utah. Other avocations for Lila include swimming, reading, and watching movies. We are happy to welcome you, Lila, into the Environmental Volunteers family.

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