Jessica was born and raised in Chicago, and while it can be hard to leave delicious hot dogs, deep dish pizza, and a World Series baseball team, Seattle has become a wonderful second home for the past year and nine months. After graduating with a degree in Secondary Education from the great University of Kansas, Jessica taught Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten as a 2005 Houston Corps Member. Following her two years as a CM, she returned to Chicago to join TFA staff as a Recruitment Director, focusing on recruiting students from universities in the Midwest for two years. Jessica then taught 1st grade for four years at a The Academy For Global CItizenship, a charter school focused on green sustainability in Chicago’s Southwest side, before heading to Nashville to earn her M.Ed in Leadership and Organizational Performance from Vanderbilt. Jessica currently works at Amazon as a Program Manager for Career Choice, a tuition assistance program for Amazon warehouse workers earning an Assocaite of Applied Science degree, or a technical certificate. She now watchers her Cubbies from afar, and is learning the fun of being a Seahawks fan!
Favorite thing about Washington
The absolutely amazing views, the summer weather, and the opportunities to experience nature in more ways one could imagine; hiking, snowshoeing, skiing, paddle boarding, etc.
Education area you are most passionate about
Early childhood education and Special Education
Biggest goal for the Alumni Board
As a transplant, I have looked for opportunities to become more involved in my environment and look forward to increasing alumni engagement. I hope to increase our presence as an alumni community that is even more welcoming, cohesive, engaging, and makes a difference for educational equity in WA.
Favorite Age/Subject to Teach
Teaching 1st grade was pretty fun, those little guys are sponges!