Title: School Psychologist, Occupational Therapist, Teacher
Company: Monroe County Community School Corporation (Retired)
Location: Morgantown, Indiana, United States
Barbara Ewer Jones, retired School Psychologist with Indiana Monroe County Community School Corporation, Occupational Therapist with First Steps, division of the Federal Disability Act, and retired teacher, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Health Care Professionals for dedication, achievements, and leadership in occupational therapy and psychology.
Throughout her life, Mrs. Jones has always been someone who felt called to help others. As a high school student, she taught kids in her neighborhood how to read. In college, she sang with the group called the Singing Hoosiers and for 14 years, she committed herself to the theater and costuming in musical theatre, for which she contributed art, banners and paintings to use as backdrops for children’s plays. In short, Mrs. Jones has always been there to lend a helping hand. In her career, she is no different. Since 1977, she has been a psychologist and occupational therapist at the master level for the Monroe County School Corporation in Bloomington, Indiana. In these dual roles, she demonstrates expertise in identifying students who need assistance and additional programs to support the educational process. She also listens to concerns about academic, emotional or social problems to help students process their problems in order to create goals and action plans that promote positive behavior. Prior to joining the school district, Mrs. Jones previously found success as the director of early childhood preschool at Butler University, a teacher for the Decatur Township School Systems (now MSD of Decatur Township), contract substitute teacher for the San Bernardino School Systems (Now San Bernardino City Unified School District), and teacher for Marion School System.
Mrs. Jones’ accomplishments in education are a direct result of her own academic achievements. Before establishing herself professionally, she earned a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science from Indiana University in 1965 and 1970, respectively. She became certified as an occupational therapist, teacher and school psychologist. Outside of her full-time work, Mrs. Jones has committed herself to other initiatives within her industry. Since 1990, she has been a member and researcher for the Study of Children of Alcoholics in School Environment. Previously, she was a lecturer for the evening division at Butler University in Indianapolis. She is also a former member of the Indiana Occupational Therapy Association and the American Occupational Therapy Association.
During her free time, Mrs. Jones loves to create art. She has studied with figure sculptor, Adolf Walters, created art-fiber quilts and painted acrylic pieces. Her style ranges from traditional to Asiatic and landscape. She has been the recipient of awards for her work in photography, sculpture, watercolor and quilting. Looking ahead, Mrs. Jones intends to continue creating art in her retirement while taking on new passion projects that pique her interest.
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