An Atlanta native, Jessie attended Sarah Smith Elementary School, The Galloway School and Oglethorpe University, where she obtained a B.A. in Psychology and a double minor in Spanish and Studio Art in 2008. Jessie comes to us from The Howard School, where she worked in 8th grade and Kindergarten-1st grade. She is certified in Early Childhood Education, Behavioral Science for grades 6-12 and English as a Second Language for grades K-12.
Jessie has worked extensively with special needs children and adolescents, in and out of the classroom, and has used skills and techniques for connecting with students from all learning backgrounds and incorporating differentiation in the classroom. She has used her creative talents to invent original board games and class activities to incorporate art and hands-on learning in the classroom. Jessie has been trained in Singapore Math, The Hill Center’s Phonics Program and Darkness to Light’s Sexual Abuse Prevention. Jessie has taught Literacy using the Open Court system, handwriting using the Handwriting Without Tears method, and Literacy-based math using Singapore Math, Everyday Math, Dot Math and Math Their Way. Jessie enjoys getting involved in afterschool activities, and has also taught Introduction to Drawing courses and camps, Latin American Studies minimester courses for middle and high schoolers, and founded Pet Club Jr. for ages 5-8 years.
Jessie enjoys being outdoors and doing anything active, including hiking, camping, rock climbing, kickboxing and running. She is also fond of playing board games, reading, scrapbooking, singing, spending time with family, and traveling. Jessie has spent time in Mexico, England, France, Argentina, Puerto Rico and has been all across the United States. She spent six months in Chile for a study abroad program in 2007, and returned to the U.S. bilingual in Spanish.
Jessie is thrilled to be working at The Cloverleaf School and looks forward to assisting families and coworkers to help maintain consistency and stability for the students. As the saying goes, “it takes a village to raise a child” and Jessie believes that is key in helping to shape well-rounded individuals.