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   Campbell and one of his former assistants,
South Salem Principal Margaret Humphrey
If he has one regret it’s that he was too much of a “yeller” when he coached girls’ basketball, but even those young ladies still hold him in high regard. One of his for- mer players, whom he once threatened to cut from the varsity team, recently called to tell him she was being inducted into her college’s athletic hall of fame and that she wanted him to present her.
“Every time one of these kids calls me coach, it is a great sense of pride,” he says. “I’ve heard people say that all of us are in education because we weren’t smart enough to be doctors, but I wanted to be a teacher ever since I was in the 7th grade. I’ve loved every minute of it.”
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told me thanks for not giving up on him.”
 Forest Jones
Forest Jones is all set to take over for Campbell as the new principal at Andrew Lewis Middle School effective July 1, 2011.
“This is a dream come true for me because I truly love Andrew Lewis,” he says. “I’ve been here since I was 11-years-old and the people who taught me are still here. I have the pleasure of working with them on a daily basis, and a great level of trust exists between us, so I couldn’t ask for anything more.”
Jones knows he will now be the one doing the mentoring, and both Salem’s School Board and Superintendent are confident he is ready to do just that.
“Mr. Jones knows the school, he has built strong relationships with the staff and the community, and he possesses both the skills and demeanor necessary to continue developing as a truly exceptional school leader,” says Superintendent, Dr. Alan Seibert.
Jones and his family moved to Salem in 1982 when his dad was hired at the
recommendation of then Mayor Jim Taliaferro to help oversee the formation and creation of Salem’s very own school division. Jones soon became a successful product of that very system. He was part of the very first sixth
grade class at Andrew Lewis and in 1990 he graduated from Salem high school.
Jones then earned his Bachelor’s degree in Education and History from Roanoke College, before securing his Master’s degree from Hollins University in 2001. He later got his K-12 Administration degree from Radford University and this May, he’s set to finish work on a coveted Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership and Policy when he completes those requirements at Virginia Tech.
“I was blessed having great teachers and role models when I was a student, including my parents,” he says. “Really, I started out just wanting to teach social studies and coach.”
He did just that for 11 years at Lewis before becoming an assistant principal in 2006. He credits both Campbell and former Lewis administrator Mike Akers for molding him as an educator.
Jones also gleaned a great deal about education from his parents, Forest and Betty. His mom taught elementary school for 40 years and while most know his dad as Salem’s City Manager from 2000 to 2008, his father spent the majority of his career as an educator, coach and administrator in Campbell and Bedford counties.
“My parents never pushed me into teaching, it was just ingrained in me,” he says. “They never had to say anything to me because I could see for myself the special relationships they developed in education.”
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