Jessica graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in elementary education and received her Masters from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has taught in elementary schools for thirteen years, including schools in Los Angeles, and New York City. In the her last three years in DC, she was rated "Highly Effective" based on instructional observations and student academic growth. Jessica also taught and volunteered for many years in the Dominican Republic and speaks Spanish. Jessica has taught K-5th grade (all elementary subjects), with an emphasis on literacy instruction. Most recently, Jessica was a literacy coach for teachers in grades K-5 at a NYC public school in Harlem.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Southern California - Bachelors, Elementary Education
Graduate Degree: Teachers College at Columbia University - Masters, Education Policy
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College Application Essays
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Science
Elementary School Writing
High School English
High School Level American Literature
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Writing
Study Skills and Organization
What is your teaching philosophy?
Teachers can help students become independent by giving them an increasing amount of responsibility in doing the steps of any strategy alone after watching a teacher's model, and then practicing together. Students should also be able to have a choice in choosing from multiple strategies to perform the same skill as well as choose the content/media through which they use those skills whenever possible.