Mrs. Angela Powell-Jones, a native of Greenville, MS, is the principal at Belaire Magnet High School located in the heart of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Under her leadership, Belaire has received the prestigious magnet status distinction and the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including the Magnet School of America Program (MSAP) Grant that allows an increase to the diverse course offerings to the curriculum. In addition, the grant includes Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment courses that afford students the opportunity to acquire college credit prior to graduation. Her school offers several instructional programs such as Coding, Engineering, Animation, Cyber-Engineering, Robotics, and Entertainment Technology. Among the many accolades, the magnet program has implemented a Bengal Broadcast Program along with starting their very own radio broadcast station, Belaire on Air. In November of 2018, Belaire was awarded the “Most Promising Future” Award (MSAP) given to a top school that shows evidence of school improvements, narrowing the socioeconomic achievement gap and developing community relations. Mrs. Jones also provides professional development and coaching for teachers, school staff, and parents throughout the United States where she is an advocate for children and providing a quality education to all children.
Prior to her principalship at Belaire, Mrs. Jones served as an educator, curriculum specialist and administrator throughout the East Baton Rouge Public School System. In addition, she has served in the Greenville Public School System (Mississippi), Jacksonville Public School System (North Carolina), and Hawaii Public School System. Her community involvement has afforded her an opportunity to serve as School Board Representative for the Department of Defense Schools in Jacksonville, North Carolina. She received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Mississippi Valley State University, a Masters of Education Degree in School Administration and Supervision from Southern University, and an Endorsement in Special Education from University of Hawaii. She has been recognized for her achievement in education from various organizations and received the distinguished “Making a Difference Award” by the Department of United States Defense School System.
In addition to her rigorous work schedule, Mrs. Jones takes pride in her faith and family. And without a doubt, faith and family is what has led and guided Mrs. Jones from day to day. Mrs. Jones’ motto comes from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and it states, “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” Mrs. Jones believes that each and every day is an opportunity to exercise her faith through helping others and motivating others to believe that all things are possible when you have faith. She is a member of St. Paul the Apostle Church, where she is involved in several ministries. She is married to a retired US Marine, Lawrence Jones, and is the proud mother of Dr. Kelvin Jones and Mr. Kel’Jun Jones. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leon Powell, Sr. and the sister of Leon Powell, Jr. Her proudest reward came from her loving daughter in law, Felicia Jones, and that is being the grandmother of Samuel “BJ” Jones.