Ira B Jones Administration Team
Degrees and Certifications:
Ruafika Cobb- Interim Principal
A native daughter of Alabama, I began my teaching career in 2000 with the Rialto Unified School District in San Bernardino County, CA where I taught Pre-Algebra and Earth, Life and Physical Science in grades 6-8. My husband's job brought our family to Asheville in 2005. I joined the faculty at Asheville Middle School from 2005-2010 where I taught Pre-Algebra and Algebra I.
During my tenure at Asheville Middle School, I took on a leadership role to ensure equitable access to the mathematics curriculum by developing and implementing an after-school math program that I called The Algebra Academy. It was designed to assist students of color in mastering Algebra -- considered to be the gateway to higher-level math courses and a predictor of college attendance. The Algebra Academy operated from 2006-2010 at which time I started a new position as the math coach for Hall Fletcher Elementary (2010-2011). I was recognized for my work with the Algebra Academy by Dr. Robert Moses, a key student leader in the Civil Rights Movement and by the University of North Carolina's Multicultural Center. Featured in an Asheville Citizen Times story entitled "Project Targets Math Literacy,” The Algebra Academy has received national attention and was cited on the Algebra Project's website which was founded by Dr. Moses.
In 2008, I received the Asheville City Schools' Outstanding Teaching Award. I was also honored by the NC Council of Teachers in Mathematics when they named me as the Outstanding Secondary Math Teacher in the State. I'm licensed in the State of North Carolina in School Administration, Middle Grades Mathematics (6-9) and Middle Grades Science (6-9). A proud alumna of Tuskegee University, I graduated with a BS in Biology. While attending the University, I was a member of the NASA Research Project. I received my M.Ed in Educational Leadership with a focus on Administration from East Tennessee State University in 2010.
I served Hall Fletcher Elementary 2011-2015 and Isaac Dickson Elementary as an assistant principal from 2015-2018 then I became an assistant principal for Asheville High School.
I volunteer in my community and have served on the board with different organizations that work to empower children and their families to reach their full potential through advocacy, education, and services.
I am also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., a public service organization that works to eradicate educational, social, and economic inequalities.
I value being an overtly student-focused educational leader, firmly committed to the development of students and staff while supporting a stimulating and engaging learning environment for all students. I am an equity-centered instructional leader who believes students must feel safe at school, be authentically engaged in culturally relevant and responsive experiences and be provided opportunities for higher-order thinking and problem-solving. I am a firm believer that positive and strong relationships are the foundation for student growth and development.
During my free time, I enjoy scrapbooking, baking, cooking, watching movies and spending time with my family. I live in Black Mountain with my husband, Demeseh, and our three children, Kokayi, Keyvaun, and Ashanti.
Degrees and Certifications:
Jo Landreth- Assistant Principal
Jo Landreth has served many roles in the Asheville City Schools all the way back to 1992 when she was still in college: tutor, student-teacher, substitute teacher, 7th grade ELA/SS teacher, AIG Specialist, interim Co-Coordinator of AIG, geometry teacher, cheer team coach, golf coach, Speech and Debate coach, National Junior Honor Society Advisor, and bus driver. She is super excited to join the Jones Community as Assistant Principal. In this role, she heads the PBIS Committee and the Safety Team, as well as, overseeing Transportation, Student Behavior, and Testing. Mrs. Landreth graduated from the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics in 1991. She has a Bachelor of Arts in history from UNCA, a Masters Degree in Educational Psychology of the Gifted and Talented from the University of Connecticut, and a Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership from Appalachian State University. She is a National Board Certified Early Adolescent Generalist. Mrs. Landreth also previously was a finalist for the NC Teacher of the Year, representing the West Region. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the N.C. Association of Scholastic Activities and the NC Association for the Gifted and Talented. She has been a volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America, North Asheville Little League, and her faith community.