Dionka Jones, Administrative Assistant II for the Federal Programs Department, was born in Southwest Atlanta and attended public schools in Atlanta and East Point, Georgia, including W. T. Jackson ES, Oak Knoll ES, Briarwood HS, and B. E. Mays HS (1982-1986). She was accepted into Mays’ Math & Science Academy during its 2nd year in operation and had the privilege of meeting Dr. Mays during his many visits before he passed in 1984.
Although Dionka was accepted by Georgia Tech, she opted to attend a private, all-girl HBCU right here in Atlanta – Spelman College. She chose to major in Political Science, minor in Psychology and join the revered Spelman Glee Club. Spelman was just the nurturing environment she needed, and she still treasures the memories of performing in plays and concerts with the Spelman and Morehouse Glee Clubs, with the famous Christmas Carol Concerts topping the list of favorites.
Her work experience began in high school via the vocation program, working at IBM in Atlanta in a secretarial capacity during her senior year, receiving pay and credit during both semesters. She continued working with IBM the following Summer and later during college.
Over the years she has worked with various companies, small and large, providing administrative support as a receptionist, secretary and office manager. Her last position before joining APS was with the Fountain Division of the Coca-Cola Company.
Dionka pursued another degree in Interior Design for two years before deciding to be a full-time mom for five years, raising her beautiful daughter Ariana, with her husband Charles and enjoying the great support system that South Cobb Mocha Moms provided during that time.
She joined APS in the Fall of 2009 as an Administrative Assistant I in the Title I Department. She has been here through the many transitions of the department, including the last title change to Federal Programs and recent division alignment with the Center for Equity & Social Justice.
Dionka has always been very sensitive, even as a child, concerned about fairness and the well-being of others. She believes wholeheartedly that all people should have the opportunity to succeed and truly soar in every aspect of their lives. No circumstances or prejudices should prevent them from obtaining their heart’s desires and reaching their fullest potential.
Dionka’s “why” shows up as a “little known-fact.” On her elementary school playground, a fight ensued between her and her close friend after her friend refused to give up her swing for a classmate. They had little time left before recess was to end and Dionka could not convince the friend to share, even though she spent most of recess enjoying her seat. So, although she had just gotten on the swing, Dionka offered her swing to the classmate. Her friend did not like this and started a fight with Dionka. Dionka was in 2nd grade.
If there is anything that she can do to help someone, make their life easier or happier in any way, Dionka will do so.
Fun Fact: Dionka was at Spelman when The Cosby Show filmed on the campus. As Phylicia Rashad sang on the stage of the fictitious Hillman College, supported by the choir (Spelman & Morehouse Glee Club members), Dionka was thrilled to participate, singing her heart out in the background. The night of the episode’s premiere was greeted with great anticipation as she and her family sat in front of the television…She was just to the left of the person making it into the frame. 😊 But, she does have a photo with Phylicia to prove that she met her!