BLANKET — Monty Jones was raised in Brown County as an Early Longhorn and later an attended Howard Payne, graduating in the fall of 1983 with a degree in English. As an athlete, he thought he would coach also. With the luck of having great English teachers at Howard Payne, Jones set out to teach.

Comanche is where the first opportunity to teach presented itself for the previous 3M worker who had initially turned down the college route to stay close to home. With no prospect of being promoted at 3M regardless of shown worth ethic, Jones was determined to do a good job as a teacher, when the opportunity arose to fill in for a teacher on pregnancy leave. The first-time English was able to keep the job a Comanche, who was convinced teachers never leave English teaching positions.

From that point, there would be teaching jobs at May and Brookesmith until being recruited by Santa Anna head coach Doug Dallas to be a defensive coordinator for the football program. They’d work alongside each other for some years in different school districts. Later he’d take the job to teach, then became principal at Novice ISD with the goal of bettering and changing things he saw wrong. After more schooling, Novice soon approached Jones with the opportunity to be superintendent. Jones cautiously obliged on what he thought was a more political job.

Jones' wife, Debbie, received an offer from Blanket ISD as a counselor close to home, and later Jones received an offer to teach at Blanket ISD. Later Jones would serve as principal at Blanket and do many other jobs for the small school district over the years, even coming out of retirement to help when needed, including coaching the Blanket boys and girls to multiple trips to the state golf tournament, highlighted by two state championships for the Lady Tigers in 2017 and 2018.

On Dec. 31, Jones retires once and for all to raise his granddaughters, find some peace and quiet to enjoy golf time for himself. Looking back, he remembers so many great things about the schools and kids he’s taught at, and now would like those same memories with his grandkids Jones explains.

When asked what the hopes for the kids encountered by Monty Jones, “I want them to be good citizens and to do what needs to be done,” he said.