Ever since Dr. Jeanne E. Hon received a doctorate degree magna cum laude in 1973, she has spent her time translating the values she learned at BYU into a life of giving and service. She has been widely recognized for her contributions, having received service awards from various organizations, a nationally recognized Excellence in Education award, and, most recently, the Los Angeles Pearl Award for Outstanding Senior Citizen.
Before attending BYU, Hon graduated summa cum laude from California State University. She is married to Roy C. Hon, and they have two “fantastic” children, as she expresses it. Initially after graduating from BYU, Hon returned to California and was employed at her alma mater, Verdugo Hills High School, as a counselor, coordinator of gifted programs, and school psychologist.
After subsequently serving as assistant principal at North Hollywood High School and as principal at an alternative school in Los Angeles, Hon accepted a position as principal of Sun Valley Middle School, located in an area once described by the FBI as “the fastest growing slum in the United States.” Hon spent the last six years of her administrative career as principal of Hollywood High School, which had the largest population of Armenian students outside of Yerevan, the capital city of Armenia. As tributes to her work with this population, Jeanne received the Distinguished Educators Award at the Fifth Annual Armenian Cultural Conference in 1995 and the Multicultural Unity Award from the Los Angeles Unified School District in 1996. Describing her time at Hollywood High School, Hon says, “That was a spectacular assignment encompassing every aspect of urban education.”
Hon has published numerous articles pertinent to secondary education and cultural diversity, including “The Noon Sports Program as an Anti-Gang Activity” and “Heterogeneous Grouping for Middle Schools: A Good Cook Knows When to Toss the Salad.” After retiring from secondary administration, Hon opened an educational consulting firm (where most of her work has been pro-bono) and started teaching graduate classes at National University. “The graduate school is fascinating because I am in charge of interns taking their last course prior to receiving their administrative credentials,” she describes. “And boy, what a job they face!"
Hon expresses gratitude for her time spent at BYU in the McKay School of Education: “I had so many positive experiences at BYU that it is hard to select my favorites. I feel that there is no place on earth where I could have obtained a better education, a strengthening of moral beliefs, and a commitment to education; I had so many wonderful examples.”
October 8, 2008