Juanita Jones is the fifth of six children born to Dennis and Alberta Jones. She was born in Otter Creek, Florida. When Juanita was about two years old, the family moved to Dade City, Florida, where she attended public school, graduating from Mickens High School as valedictorian of her class. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona Beach, Florida. After receiving the Katherine Hughes fellowship, Juanita spent a year at Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Miss Jones received certification in Exceptional Student Education from the University of South Florida in Tampa and a Masters in Reading from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. She is recently retired from the public school system where for 36 years she worked as a teacher (26 years) and curriculum coordinator (10 years). Presently Juanita is the teaching evangelist at St. Stephen A.M.E. Church where she serves as the superintendent of the Sunday school, teacher of the adult Bible Study and secretary of the Steward Board. Her hobbies include reading, writing, gardening and collecting a variety of things.