Faculty Profile: Charlee Jones

Charlee Jones, Upper School Physical Education Teacher & Fifth Grade Advisor
Charlee is a San Francisco native, born and raised. She grew up as an active and athletic kid, who was always very excited to play sports. She describes her childhood as “always active, always climbing a tree, riding a bike, or playing a game.” 
 
Charlee attended the French-American International school from grades 3-12, and earned a B.A. in International Business at California State University, Fullerton, where she played Division I basketball. She played professionally overseas with FIBA for four years before returning to her hometown of San Francisco. “I’m proud to be one of the city kids who are still here. San Francisco is a place I really want to stay, and I’m happy to be back teaching at Burke’s. I grew up in independent school systems, and am now teaching in them, so I’m bringing it full circle.” 
 
Before joining Burke’s, Charlee was a teacher and the Director of Athletics at Hamlin. She recalls with a smile that “Burke’s would always challenge us in sports, and I had always heard great things about the school. I’ve always appreciated the school’s mission to educate, encourage and empower its students.” While Charlee has been teaching for 7 years, she has been coaching sports since she was 18 years old. Her favorite part of teaching Physical Education is the moment that students achieve a goal that they have been working hard to reach. “I really love that P.E. at Burke’s is very skill-based with the goal of making sure all of the students are competent in the different sports and activities that we offer.” Some of her favorite class activities are badminton, basketball, dodgeball, and double dutch. “Double Dutch is really fun, it helps students with rhythm, pace, sound, and attention to detail, as well as confidence and perseverance.”
 
Charlee believes what draws students to sports is the excitement, competitiveness, learning something new, and being part of something bigger than themselves. “I think athletics, sports and physical activity give our students the courage and work ethic to keep going, and to not give up. Those are such important character traits to build for everyday life, through high school, to college and beyond.” She loves being a supportive and inspirational figure in students’ lives, and hearing “stories of my former students’ high school sport and life moments” brings her a lot of joy.
 
In her free time, Charlee likes to spend time with her young daughter, who she named Charli. She loves to read, be active, plays basketball for the Olympic Club, and participates in the national team tournaments. “I’m super excited to be working with students, and I hope that I can inspire young girls to become whatever they want to be in life.” 
 
 
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