4th Grade Teacher
This school year marks Jessica’s twenty-first year as a teacher and seventh at Izzi B. At IBCS, she has taught ELD; first, second and fourth grades and was at one time our reading and math interventionist. She has a graduate certification through DPS for Gifted and Talented Education, and uses this knowledge to meet her students' social-emotional, philosophical, literary, mathematical and inquiry needs (among others). Jessica’s goal is to help advocate for and support children and adults with these significant needs. What Jessica loves most about working at Izzi B. is the people, autonomy, respect for educators and constant striving for new heights. Jessica grew up in San Diego, Cali., and earned a Bachelor's Degree from the University of California San Diego in Psychology; she minored in Teacher Education and Spanish Literature. After graduation, she traveled around Mexico, Belize and Guatemala. She taught for two years and simultaneously completed her teaching license in Bilingual Cross-Cultural Language and Academic Development. In 2003 she left teaching for a year to travel the world, but ended up teaching English as a Second Language in Daegu, South Korea. Upon returning to San Diego, she assumed the role of a full-time sub and then helped to found King-Chavez Primary Academy, where she served as a part-time administrator and Specials teacher for two years. She and her family then moved to Colorado. After teaching at a local charter school, she taught Spanish in the World Languages in Elementary program in Douglas County. Next, Jess became a second grade Spanish teacher at a dual-immersion school; and though she loved teaching there, her heart was stolen by Izzi B. School Founders, Sonny, Jeff and Traci, who inspired her to become more than she ever thought possible: to open her heart and to be vulnerable. She found her people! In her free-time, Jessica loves international and national travel in her camper (her family is gone for 4-6 weeks every summer). She has a sweet Havanese pup, Nacho Libre, who brings her family so much joy. She grew up riding horses, both Western and English styles, and loves to be in the country. She loves rodeos and country music (most of it). She speaks fluent Spanish. Her hopes and dreams for the rest of the 20/21 school year are for us to go back to in-person safely!