Jessica earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology with a double minor in Chemistry and Environmental Studies from Oberlin College. She is a student of David Orr, and helped design the Adam Joseph Lewis Environmental Studies Center. She was influenced to study Biology and then transition from field ecology work to education by her hero Dr. Jane Goodall. Jessica studied design thinking with Iain Robertson at the University of Washington, and later discovered it was a project in his class that most influenced her master’s thesis in unique science journals.
She holds a masters degree in Education with a teaching certification in K-8 and Science education from Antioch University in Seattle. She is a National Board Certified Teacher and the recipient of a Amgen Award for Science Teaching Excellence. The Environmental Education Association of Washington named Jessica the 2009 Outstanding Formal Environmental Educator. Jessica is currently pursuing a teaching endorsement in Environmental and Sustainability Education.
Jessica has experience in creative, interdisciplinary, and experiential education in both formal and outdoor learning environments. She served as an AmeriCorps fellow with YMCA Earth Service Corps leading service education programs to high school students; worked for Seattle’s Children’s Museum, Washington State Department of Ecology, and led wilderness leadership adventures for students in the Pacific Northwest, the Southwest, and the Canadian Arctic. In addition, she’s been a classroom teacher for a wide range of grade levels and subjects—from preschool to middle school; from photography to science; in private and public school settings.