Jessica began her educational career in Gwinnett County, Georgia, as an elementary school teacher. After seven years of teaching fourth grade, she transitioned into the role of an intervention teacher and instructional coach, where she found her true passion in education. Becoming a school-based instructional coach opened new possibilities for how to support education. After serving her school for two years as a coach, she joined the Curriculum & Instruction department where she served as a Literacy Instructional Specialist, and then a Leadership & Staff Development Instructional Coach. Jessica’s true passion exists in the learning spaces where adults can explore instructional coaching and facilitation that prioritizes people and energizes educators.
Jessica is currently writing her dissertation in School Improvement at the University of West Georgia. Her goal is to explore new ideas about how to elevate school success through facilitating professional development with a human-focus. Jessica loves talking about coaching and facilitation. When not working, she can be found reading, hiking, traveling with her family, or planning her next DIY project.