Janet Jones Preston: Community Leader

Janet Jones Preston: Community Leader

Community Leader Janet Jones Preston recently retired from Seattle Public Schools after serving 30 years, 2 months, first as a Classroom Instructional Assistant, then as one of the first ten Family Support Workers (FSW), followed by many years as Program Supervisor and finishing her district career as Interim Program Manager and the last original FSW to leave the program.

Janet is a Washington State Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Education recipient. One of her proudest accomplishments is the founding of the Kasoa, Ghana “Peoples School for Positive Education” that opened its doors in 2006 and has expanded to serve 260 K-9 students. Janet earned her B.A. in English Literature and Minority Studies from the University of Washington.

Janet would be the first to tell you how proud she is to be a mother, a grandmother and a foster mother. Janet serves her community through her membership in Mt. Zion Church in Seattle and the African American Leadership Forum, support of Grandparents as Parents, advocacy for the Foster Parents Association of Washington State and as sponsor and advocate for the Black Prisoner’s Caucus at Monroe Reformatory.