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Alison Jones

Alison (Sutphin) Jones is a native of Pulaski County where she grew up working on a farm of commercial cow/calf pairs and a commercial suffolk ewe flock. 

She attended Virginia Tech, majoring in Agricultural Sciences and graduated in 2012. After graduation, she accepted a position teaching agriculture at Pulaski County High School. She taught a variety of courses including Veterinary Science, Small Animal Care, Fisheries and Wildlife Management, Horticulture, and Floriculture. During this time she served in various leadership roles for VAAE (Virginia Association of Agricultural Educators) and was the 2015 winner of the Teacher’s Turn the Key scholarship program. While at Pulaski, she also served as the varsity volleyball coach and was named Conference 24 Coach of the Year in 2017.

In 2019, Alison accepted a position as Project Associate for the Virginia FFA Association. Later that year, she accepted an additional position working as the Regional Coordinator for Virginia Agriculture in the Classroom for Southwest Virginia. In these separate, yet complimentary roles, Alison is able to share her passion for agriculture with students, teachers, and families across the state through event planning, outreach, and program development and support. She is a member of the National Association of Supervisors Agricultural Education and the National Association of Agricultural Educators.

Alison lives in Newport, Virginia with her husband Alec. They own a small farm in Pulaski County and enjoy time spent outside - among family, friends and pets. Alison also enjoys good food, home improvement, playing volleyball and “thrifting”. 

“I’m honored to have been selected for the upcoming VALOR class. In my career, a strong skill set for advocacy and the ability to be a confident communicator are critical to the success of the agriculture industry as a whole and the rural communities I serve. I look forward to this experience and I am grateful to all of those who have played a role in making this possible for me; especially my husband, parents, siblings, friends and colleagues.”