Lady Tamara Hope-Jones was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. She is the younger of two daughters born to James Hope and Thelma Reneau. Lady Jones attended grade schools in the Atlanta Public School System. She graduated from Charles Lincoln Harper High School. While there, she earned many awards for outstanding academic work. Her proudest accomplishments include being accepted in the Financial Services Magnet Program and graduating Salutatorian of her class. Outside of academic achievements, Lady Jones was captain of the majorette squad and voted Miss Harper by her peers.
After graduating from high school, Lady Jones attended Paine College in Augusta, Georgia, to begin her studies in Accounting. Her dream was to become a Certified Public Accountant. While matriculating through Paine College, Lady Jones felt a pull towards teaching, but she ignored it. She went on to become a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and graduated, Magna Cum Laude, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.
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Soon after graduating from college, Lady Jones married Pastor Aaron Jones, III. They were best friends in high school and attribute much of their marital success to their true friendship. They have been happily married since 1998, and are the proud parents of Taylor Denise, Aaron, IV, and Joshua Elijah.
As the children grew, Lady Jones continued to wrestle with the idea of becoming a teacher. She stumbled across a quote, by Mary Lou Retton, that really spoke to her. It said, “Each of us has a fire in our heart for something. It’s our goal in life to find it and keep it lit.” After meditating on the quote, she admitted to herself that she had a fire in her heart to teach, and decided to pursue it. Lady Jones went on to earn a Master of Education degree in Special Education – General Curriculum. She now has more than a decade of experience teaching students with disabilities.
Coupled with teaching, Lady Jones loves making and creating. Her daily prayer to God is for Him to bless her hands and her creativity. Lady Jones’ newest hobby is sewing. Although this hobby has blessed her life tremendously, she knows that it is not just for her. Her skills must be shared with others. She participates in sewing academies and conferences because she believes that one of the purposes of becoming proficient in something, is to develop the wisdom that will be needed later in life for teaching and leading. Lady Jones desires to create Maker Spaces for youth and adults, to teach skills that will empower them to make income and become self-reliant.
God continues to reveal Lady Jones’s purpose to her, and with each assignment, she knows her God-given endowments, abilities, and attributes will improve her life and the lives of others.