Program Evaluation Project Manager
School: Williamsburg Preparatory High School
Grades: 9, 11, 12
Subject: Living Environment, Engineering and Design
Jessica graduated from Wittenberg University in 2007 with a B.A. in Biology. She entered the Teach For America program where she was placed at Williamsburg Prep High School and has been teaching there ever since. In 2009, she got her Masters in the Science of Teaching from Pace University. Jessica has taught Living Environment, Engineering & Design, Urban Farming, Globalization, Health, Anatomy & Physiology, and Bioethics. She has been the 9th grade team leader and science department head in previous years and currently occupies the leadership position of mentor teacher. She has led and advised numerous clubs including the Global Citizens club, Leaders for Sustainability club, and Gay Straight Alliance.
Jessica has always been a passionate traveler. Using the funds awarded through the Fund for Teachers fellowship, Jessica traveled to Ghana to set up the internet at a junior high school so her students could Skype with their Ghanaian peers and helped develop education programs for tree farmers at a forestry institute in Kenya.
Jessica has also worked with EarthWatch Institute by helping to collect data on how Arizona caterpillar populations have been affected by climate change in 2013 and by helping collect data on how frog and tadpole populations in the northern Canada wetlands are affected by climate change in 2015. Jessica has always loved sharing her passion for travel with her students and began getting her Masters in Public Administration from Baruch College in 2012 in order to work with non-profits that support such a mission. She served as a Teacher Leader with the Global Glimpse organization which allowed her to lead 21 students on a community service trip to Nicaragua in 2014.
Jessica joined Sci-Ed as a Fellow back in the 2013-2014 school year and went on to do a second year fellowship in 2014-2015. Jessica is now a part of the leadership team and manages program evaluation projects for Sci-Ed.
jess - at - sciedinnovators.org