Taffy Jones-Hayes was the recipient of the 2012 Pat Cullen Award. Ms. Jones-Hayes has served as a Chesterfield County Teacher at Harrowgate Elementary School 19 years as the Parent Liaison Coordinator. In this capacity, Ms. Jones-Hayes has provided enormous resources for parents and students of the Harrowgate community. Ms. Jones-Hayes coordinates over 40 parent workshops each school year. Workshops are designed to equip parents with the knowledge and the materials to aid their students in academic success.
During her career at Harrowgate, Ms. Jones-Hayes has developed programs that support students and parents. For the students, Ms. Jones-Hayes spearheaded the formation of the Special Friends program which connects a volunteer and a student. Volunteers act as a mentor to the student and they spend time together during lunch and during the day. Many of the volunteers have stayed connected with the students long after elementary school.