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Verdel is an award-winning educator and founder and CEO of the non profit, Share Inform Enlighten Inc., author and long time talk show host. She is dedicated to sharing information that enhances individuals day-to-day life with educational programs that motivate and inspire. 

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Verdel A. Jones is a passionate, experienced educator, author, business owner and longtime talk show host of the popular shows, Conversations With Verdel Jones and Let’s Kick It with The Joneses. She’s made a significant impact on students as an educator for close to 30 years, shared valuable information with her viewers and has awarded students in our community scholarships. This year marks her eighteenth year of dedicated service with the Plainedge School District as the Director of Guidance & Support Services. She is the proud daughter of Bobby and Shirley Gadsden who taught her the power of love, gratefulness, education and community building.

Verdel received her bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Massachusetts at Boston. However, she soon discovered that her passion was educating children. As a result, she received her master's degree in secondary education from Hofstra University, as well as her master’s degree in educational leadership from Long Island University.

Verdel’s talk show, Conversations with Verdel Jones, is featured on several media platforms. Being a teacher at heart, her show is focused on sharing conversations that inform and enlighten – in the hopes that individuals learn something they may not have known. Providing relevant information to her viewers is what inspires her. Verdel is also the co-host of a groundbreaking intergenerational talk show, Let’s Kick It With The Jones, which also co-stars her husband, Jeremiah and their grown-ish children Marcus and Miya. The premise of this talk show is to highlight a positive Black family who not only love each other, but like each other and can talk about topics that resonate with other families.

She is also the author of the must-have book, The Parent Agent: How to Represent Your Child and Get Them Into the College of Their Choice. Her extensive knowledge of the college exploration and selection process; current educational issues; and the social and emotional challenges students experience, make her an expert in her field.

As the founder of Deliteach Enterprises, LLC, she has been able to provide various services including speaking and hosting events dedicated to supporting her community. Her Write, Rhyme and Recite Collective program has awarded over $5,700 in scholarships to students attending college. In 2019 Verdel founded the not-for-profit, Share Inform Enlighten Inc. whose mission is to empower families with information and resources through educational programs to improve their quality of life. This endeavor has allowed her to continue the work of providing scholarships for students. During the 2023 Write Rhyme and Recite Collective Honors event, they awarded $6,000 in scholarships via a Poetry Slam Scholarship, and celebrated Community Champions for their tireless efforts in supporting and encouraging our children. 

This past summer, Verdel was once again an advisor for The Horace & Amy Hagedorn Covid-19 Education Equity Relief Fund. The Fund invested in 9 organizations to assist them in providing intensive summer programs for our youth with a focus on bridging the academic and social emotional gap as a result of the pandemic. This Fund, of one million dollars, impacted communities across Long Island. She is excited to continue this work.

As a co-founder of Black Authors Festival at Sag Harbor, she is excited about sharing the love of literacy and acknowledging individuals in our community who encourage the love of learning. 

Verdel resides in Wheatley Heights with her husband Jeremiah and two children Marcus and Miya. Verdel and Jeremiah, who are high school sweethearts, have been married for almost 35 years. The quote that most embodies Verdel A. Jones is, "When you learn, teach, when you get, give." Maya Angelou. She believes that for others to prosper we must share our gifts.

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