A native Houstonian and a product of HISD, she attended River Oaks Elementary School and Lanier Middle School. She graduated from Eisenhower High School in Aldine ISD. Ms. Skillern-Jones earned both a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in clinical sociology from Texas Southern University. After college, she worked with teen mothers for five years as a state social worker, and she continues to serve as a volunteer social worker today at Mt. Ararat Baptist Church.
A full-time volunteer at HISD for 24 years, Ms. Skillern-Jones has served on the District Advisory Committee, Parent Engagement Committee, Superintendent’s Parent Advisory Committee, Budget Advisory Committee, and the Gifted and Talented Committee. She is a member of the Parent Visionaries Group and has served on five separate PTO/PTA boards over the years in various capacities, including president. She has also served as the legislative chair of the PTA Council and the national liaison for Parents for Public Schools.
Ms. Skillern-Jones is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and has served on the Board of Pilgrim Federal Credit Union. She works as a manager for the U.S. Bureau of Census during each ten-year census and has also served as a precinct clerk, an alternate judge, and a national delegate for presidential elections.
In recognition of her community and district efforts to enhance the lives of Houston children and citizens, she has received numerous achievement awards and honors. Ms. Skillern-Jones and her husband are the parents of five wonderful children.