Stephaney Jones-Vo Starfish Education, LLC
Stephaney Jones-Vo, MA, graduated from Iowa State University specializing in TESL (Linguistics). She has provided professional development on K–12 and adult ESL and diversity topics for over two decades for numerous school districts across the United States and around the world. She has designed and delivered ESL curricula for a variety of medical programs; developed and taught job-specific ESL classes for manufacturing and hospitality industries; and consulted with and presented at universities, medical schools, and businesses on engaging English learners and enhancing cultural competence. She also dedicated 10 years to a successful teaching career in a K–12 ESL program that she founded.
Personal involvement in the refugee resettlement process motivated her to serve as project director for two Title III grants in the Des Moines Public Schools and to teach a variety of graduate classes for educators of ELs. Currently an ESL/diversity consultant at Heartland Area Education Agency, she is a frequent presenter at state, national, and international conferences. Jones-Vo has published numerous articles in magazines and journals and coauthored numerous book chapters. Her first book, coauthored with Shelley Fairbairn, is Differentiating Instruction and Assessment for English Language Learners: A Guide for K–12 Teachers (Caslon, 2010).
A co-recipient of the Governor’s First in the Nation in Education (FINE) Award, Jones-Vo also received the Beyond the Horizon Award for exemplary teaching and advocacy for ELs, and the Governor’s Volunteer Award (four times) for service through the Iowa Bureau of Refugee Services. She was recognized with an Outstanding Alumni Award from Drake University in 2010.