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Today we’d like to introduce you to Perishia Jones.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Perishia. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
My name is Perishia Jones. I am in my 7th year of teaching. Six years were at Navasota ISD and this past year, I taught 7th Grade Math at SFA Middle School in Bryan ISD. I received my Master of Education degree today, April 25, 2020. I completed this during a pandemic (Covid-19) while being a new wife to Patrick “Peigh” Jones, giving birth to my first child, Saint Patrick Jones on April 17, 2020 and being a full-time worship leader at Fresh Start Ministries Brazos Valley under the leadership of my parents, Pastors Perry & Carolyn Harris. I literally was in labor for 16 hours, making sure I still uploaded tutorial videos so that my students wouldn’t lack since I am still teaching virtually due to the pandemic.

I met the love of my life, Patrick Jones over 15 years ago at church and he asked me out but I was so engulfed in my school studies. He kept pursuing me and I finally gave in. He took me back to the church where we originally met and proposed to me on August 18, 2018. I planned an extravagant wedding within four months to be married on December 30, 2018 and got pregnant in July 2019. I try to be an advocate against domestic violence because I was once a victim of it. I also try to encourage girls who have low self-esteem because I used to be that girl, dealing with depression and worried about what others thought of me. I live by “never give up, be yourself and walk to the beat of your own drum. The sky is definitely not the limit because there are footprints on the moon. Never try to fit in.”

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Definitely not, I dealt with criticism, depression, and low self-esteem. Always worried what others thought of me. I advise young women to seek help if needed in any aspect of their lives and always remember that it is okay to not be okay. Everyday won’t be the best but dwell on the highs, see the good in things. I may not have gotten the job I wanted at the moment, but I have a job, I like for people to think like that.

We’d love to hear more about your work.
I teach 7th Grade Math. This is my first year teaching this. I taught and coached six years in Navasota where I also coached basketball and was the head track coach for a year, in which that particular year we had individuals compete at the state track meet and won 1st. Since I’ve obtained my Masters, I’m hoping to either be an Educational Diagnostician Principal, or Instructional Coach in the near future. Once my son turns one, I’m thinking about going back to obtain my Doctorate degree (Ph.D.) I also sing in an award-winning band named Unity of Navasota. We travel all over the world and recently traveled internationally to perform. I am the founder of the group and I am also a female drummer that used to play for the band before I was placed on the front line to sing.

Do you have a lesson or advice you’d like to share with young women just starting out?
Never give up. There will be days that you don’t feel like being successful but those are the days that you need to go harder. Always put God first and everything else will fall into place. Jeremiah 29:11 and Galatians 6:9 are scriptures to live by.

Contact Info:

  • Instagram: Mizzrishah
  • Facebook: Perishia Jones
  • Twitter: Mizzrishah

Image Credit:
Peigh Jones Productions

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