Jessica Levine grew up believing every moment is an educational opportunity, and that students learn by seeing, hearing and exploring. The key, she says, is observation. Her fondness for inquiry led her to pursue degrees in natural sciences. Later, inspired by her hero Dr. Jane Goodall, she entered the education field. Jessica is committed to teaching and nurturing children to become avid observers, participants and stewards of their local and global environment. Her students know that she rarely gives answers. Instead, Jessica guides them to discover answers, and more questions, for themselves.
Jessica is extremely committed to teaching basic science concepts from an environmental perspective. She is able to make laws of conservation of matter and thermodynamics come to life through the lens of sustainability.
Jessica has presented her unique curriculum at local and national conferences, inspiring other formal educators to approach science from such a real-life perspective and sustainable context. She was on the committee that wrote the Washington K-12 ESE standards, and continues to spread sustainability ideas to colleagues. Jessica has also established numerous community resources, and grant funding, to enhance her curriculum design. Jessica is not simply educating good scientists, she’s raising sustainable savvy citizens. Her classroom is a place of practice to model resource conservation and environmental learning, action, and change. She is a leading environmental educator, creating partnerships and curriculum with area organizations to make science relevant for students. In 2016, Jessica received the Patsy Collins Award for Excellence in Environment, Education, and Community.
“You made science fun and engaging and your enthusiasm for whatever you were teaching was contagious, so much so that I still have some of the songs stuck in my head!”–Katie DV, a 6th grade student, 2015
“I’m sure I’m not the only one who appreciates not looking in a text book. Long ways away in time I’ll still remember turning those two construction paper circles into the form of a square. But mostly I like the way you told the class, ‘Nobody’s stupid.’ Also telling us it’s okay to make mistakes. Your awesome.”–Jesslyn, a 6th grade student, 2007
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