M. Agnes Jones Elementary

Atlanta, Georgia

Chelsea Vines has worked closely with the Park Trust 2014 when M. Agnes Jones was welcomed into its national Buddy Bison School Program to provide outdoor environmental education for their 3rd-grade students — thanks to a multi-year sponsorship from the Georgia-Pacific Foundation.

Prior to becoming a teacher, Chelsea was a financial services manager for a major Fortune 500 corporation in Atlanta; however, in 2005 she decided to leave the corporate world in search of something more personally fulfilling. She was selected as a 2006 Teach for America Corps Member and upon completion of their rigorous summer institute, she was placed as a 1st-grade teacher at M. Agnes Jones Elementary, a Title I school in downtown Atlanta where over 98% of the students receive free or reduced-price lunch. Over the years, while she has changed grade levels within the school, she has always been passionate about providing new enriching opportunities for her students.

“I’m honored to be named the newest National Park Trust Youth Programs Fellow. The Park Trust continues to give our students the opportunity to see and experience their community in a different light. The Park Trust provides real-life experiences for kids who would only ‘see’ what they learn in a textbook.”