Devon Willis-Jones' dedication to the education profession spans over 15 years. Prior to joining the NIET team as a senior specialist for Louisiana, Devon served as principal of Jeanerette Elementary School in Iberia Parish, Louisiana, for seven years. During her tenure, Devon accepted the responsibility to improve a failing school with an F rating. She created a thriving learning environment at Jeanerette Elementary grounded in student success: In her first year as principal the school earned a B rating and was labeled a "Top Gains" school by the State of Louisiana, erasing the stigma that had dogged her community for years. Never complacent, Devon pushed the school to maintain its B rating the following school years, despite new assessments. She also served as a master teacher and special education classroom teacher in Iberia Parish.
Devon is a 2016 Milken Educator. She holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and a Master of Education in educational leadership from Trident University.