About Stephanie Jones

Let's Get Aquainted

Teacher, wife, mother of two charismatic girls and up and coming author. You will find Stephanie Jones teaching, mentoring and encouraging young people to love books at her pseduo alma mater, University High School in Newark, NJ. Before teaching, she was a professional hairstylist for ten years. Currently, a grad student at Kean University set to graduate May 2019 with a degree in Writing Studies.  


Stephanie just completed her first young adult novel, and she's proudly represented by John Cusick of Folio Jr.  An agency that is the literary home to basketball legend, Kareem Abdul-Jabar and prima ballerina, Misty Copeland.   

 

Fun Facts About Me:

  • I'm a proud member of the first Black Greek sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. 
  • My parents and I were born and raised in  Newark, NJ.  Both me and my dad teach in Newark at the high schools we each attended, but neither of us actually graduated from. Crazy I know!
  • ​I was sort of a "celebrity" hairstylist. Some of my work has been featured in music videos, TV Shows & hair magazines. My first actual client was my bestie, author, Tami Charles who used to be in a singing group. (I often wonder if I would've remained a hair stylist, would I have gotten a chance to work with the Queen-- Beyonce that is...)
  • Which leads me to my last fun fact. I'm obsessed with all things Beyonce and Harry Potter. I am a card-carrying member of the Bey Hive and Pottermore. As of today, I've only missed two of her world tour concerts. And I am currently saving my coins to see Harry Potter & The Cursed Child on Broadway. 

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More About Stephanie

Teaching Cred.

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I've been a teacher since 2010. I spent many years a substitute teacher, before I was granted the opportunity to teach for real. I thought I was teaching for real when I was a subbing, trust me when I say, that was just a preview. 


I taught middle school at Peshine & Avon Avenue Schools before I made the switch to high school. Working with high schoolers has allowed me the opportunity to realize who I am as an author and who I want to become as an educator. Teaching high schoolers afforded me the chance to fall in love with reading again. Joiningn and then creating my own chapter of the Project Lit Community has opened my eyes to young adult literature--forever changing the lives of my students. 


No matter where I end up on this author journey, teaching is in my heart. I see myself in my students and I know their future burns brighter than any light I'd ever seen. 

Top Books (Right Now)

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This is so hard! But if I have to pick my top 10 books right now, (ranked in no particular order) I've read in the last year they would be the following:


1. On The Come Up by Angie Thomas

2. Monday's Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson

3. Dear Martin by Nic Stone

4. The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

5.Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed

6. Becoming Beatriz by Tami Charles

7. Born A Crime by Trevor Noah

8. Children of Blood & Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

9. Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro

10. The Beauty That Remains by Ashley Woodfolk


I know as I read this list will surely change. But these are the books I couldn't wait to pass along and talk about.