About

I am the director of strategic initiatives and partnerships at public K-8 charter school in Northern California. This means I get to do fun projects with students and teachers focused on school initiatives, teacher development, and student learning.

I work to integrate technology and hands-on learning into the classroom. I develop and lead professional development for my school, helping teachers develop project-based learning and design thinking units, integrate technology and digital citizenship in the classroom, and create opportunities for real world interactions and projects.

For the second year, I am helping to design and implement a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics)-focused project-based learning practicum where my colleagues and I work with 35 teachers from our county to develop teacher leaders and increase teacher and student of integrating STEAM, PBL, and other core content.

For my efforts, I was named Santa Clara County’s Office of Education Charter School Teacher of Year for 2013 and a 2014 Comcast All-Star Teacher. I am also a 2014 Google Certified Innovator, a Common Sense Education ambassador, and National Geographic Educator.

In addition, I am a Teachers Guild Creative Catalyst and Teacher Coach.  The Teachers Guild uses design thinking and teachers to solve pressing educational problems.

3 thoughts on “About”

  1. HI Jessica
    I am a principal at an elementary school in Daly City, Ca. I am looking for someone who can meet with my staff to get a better understanding of the Smarter Balanced Assessment. The blue print, how it is graded, etc. are a couple of items we are interested in. Is this something you can help us with?
    Please let me know,
    Thanks!
    Jennifer Larocque
    jlarocque@jsd.k12.ca.us

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