Young Adult Author & English Teacher

About Stephanie Jones

Let's Get Aquainted

Teacher, wife, mother of two charasmatic and intelligent girls and up and coming author. Stephanie Jones teaches English 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 in 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 am a 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 both attended, that 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. As I am a card-carrying member of the Bey Hive. And I've only missed two of her world tour concerts. 

More About Stephanie

Teaching Cred.

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 allowed me the chance to fall in love with reading again. Joining a leader and creating my own chapter of the Project Lit Community has opned my eyes to young adult literature and forever changed 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)

This is so hard! But if I have to pick my top 10 books right now, I've read in the last year they would be the following:

1. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

2. Allegedly 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.