75. The Many Passions and Projects of Educator, Dr. Tammy Jones

Speaking of a thousand points of light, my guest today is Dr. Tammy Jones. Dr. Jones is a Project Coordinator for PLACES Hawaiʻi at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, supporting teachers on the Waiʻanae Coast to develop place-based curricula. She is also the curriculum developer and co-facilitator of Try Think, a program run in the state correctional facilities and sponsored by the Hawaiʻi Council for the Humanities. Dr. Jones spent the first 12 years of her career in education as an English teacher in both public and charter school settings. She earned her masters in teaching in 2005 and her PhD in Curriculum Studies in 2012, both from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Dr. Jones has worked closely with Dr. Thomas Jackson and the Uehiro Academy for Philosophy and Ethics in Education to promote Philosophy for Children Hawaiʻi, known as p4c. Fred Reppun, my nephew and the Education Coordinator for the He‘eia National Estuarine Research Reserve said the following about Dr. Jones: “We worked together for PLACES in 2017 and helped to send three teams from Nānākuli H.S. to the science fair. Tammy has an amazing commitment and set of tools that she uses to elevate student voices and action at every scale, from daily conversations to classroom to school to community.  Thanks to her, the Nānākuli students’ science projects were actually about them finding their confidence as thinkers and communicators.” Here are Dr. Jones’s professional affiliations: Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD): Curriculum Studies, August 2012, Masters of Education in Teaching (MEdT), May 2005, University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa: Project Coordinator, PLACES Hawaiʻi: Teacher, the School for Examining Essential Questions of Sustainability: Board Member, DreamHouse Academy PCS, Ewa Beach: Instructor, Johns Hopkins University School of Education: Instructor, University of Hawaiʻi at West Oahu: Teacher, James Campbell High School, Ewa Beach: Team Member, Uehiro Academy of Philosophy and Ethics in Education. My editor and creative consultant is Evan Kurohara. Theme music is provided by my friend of 40 years, Michael Sloan. You can find his music, 12 albums and over 100 songs in Spotify, Apple Music and all the other major music platforms. Please stay safe and healthy, listeners, and please get vaccinated. A hui hou, and take care. 


  2. Try Think
  3. Philosophy for Children
  4. Educational Perspectives
Theme Music by Michael Sloan
Editing by Evan Kurohara