Virginia teacher beats cancer twice, continues teaching

Sarah Jones
Sarah Jones, a third grade teacher in Virginia, continues to pursue her passion of teaching after battling and defeating cancer twice. (WVNS)

BLUEFIELD, Va. (WVNS) — A teacher in Tazewell County, Virginia continues to pursue her passion of teaching after battling and defeating cancer twice.

Sarah Jones is a third grade teacher at Graham Intermediate School in Bluefield. She’s been teaching for eight years. Teaching is a job she said she always wanted to do.

Sarah Jones
Sarah Jones, a third grade teacher in Virginia, continues to pursue her passion of teaching after battling and defeating cancer twice. (WVNS)

Jones was teaching at Dudley Primary School in 2011 when her world was turned upside down. She was diagnosed with a type of bone cancer called Ewing Sarcoma.

“Throughout my whole experience with that, I missed being in the classroom but I felt like I was still there. The parents and teachers of Dudley and Graham Intermediate, just the Bluefield. Virginia community as a whole was so supportive,” Jones recalled.

After treatment, she returned to school in 2013. The cancer, however, eventually returned.

In 2015, Jones was diagnosed with cancer for a second time. She made her come back in April of 2016. She’s now cancer free once again.

“I hope that in the process of me coming back and teaching or as the children have seen me going through what I’ve gone through, I can make an impact on someone’s life for the better that they can see my love of the Lord,” Jones said. “They can see God’s healing through me. They can see the blessings and the miracles.”

Graham Intermediate School Principal Todd Baker said Jones cares deeply about her students.

“I would definitely call her a hero,” he said.

Jones said, “I have a wonderful group of students. I am back doing what I love. I feel that God has put me here for a reason.”

Jones was named 2016 Teacher of the Year for southwest Virginia and southern West Virginia.

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