Spring ISD community mourns death of Link Elementary Principal Justin Jones

At 34 years old, Spring ISD's Link Elementary Principal Justin Jones (right) died May 1 in an automobile crash. (Courtesy Spring ISD)
At 34 years old, Spring ISD's Link Elementary Principal Justin Jones (right) died May 1 in an automobile crash. (Courtesy Spring ISD)

At 34 years old, Spring ISD's Link Elementary Principal Justin Jones (right) died May 1 in an automobile crash. (Courtesy Spring ISD)

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Jones was named the principal of Link Elementary School in 2017. (Courtesy Spring ISD)
Link Elementary School Principal Justin Jones died at the age of 34 in an automobile crash May 1, Spring ISD officials announced in a news release May 4.

According to the release, Jones joined SISD in July 2017 when he was named principal of Link Elementary. Prior to his tenure at SISD, Jones served as an assistant principal and instruction coordinator in Houston ISD, as well as a middle school special education inclusion teacher and boys athletic coach in Victoria ISD.

He received his Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice from The University of Texas at San Antonio and his Master of Education in administration and supervision from the University of Houston - Victoria.

"We are so deeply saddened by Justin's passing," SISD Superintendent Rodney Watson said during a special meeting with SISD staff May 2. "He was a caring leader, devoted friend, loving husband and father, and we are all devastated by this loss."

According to a statement posted by Link Elementary Assistant Principal Tangy Stith, Jones and his wife, Kellie, had recently welcomed a son to their new family of four.


"This is a very sad time for the Jones family, the Link community and the entire district," Stith said in a statement. "We understand how difficult this loss is and want to support our Link students and parents by making counselors available to assist remotely."

Under Jones' leadership, the release states Link Elementary's accountability rating climbed 24 points from a 64, a D grade, in 2017-18 to an 88, a B grade, in 2018-19.

"Justin was a truly remarkable leader," said Natasha Watson, assistant superintendent for elementary schools - Zone 2, in a statement. "He truly loved his job and his teachers and his Link family."
By Hannah Zedaker
Born and raised in Cypress, Texas, Hannah Zedaker graduated from Sam Houston State University in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in mass communication and a minor in political science. She began as an intern with Community Impact Newspaper in 2015 and was hired upon graduation as a reporter for The Woodlands edition in May 2016. In January 2019, she was promoted to serve as the editor of the Spring/Klein edition where she covers Spring ISD and Harris County Commissioners Court, in addition to business, development and transportation news.


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