Jessie started her career as a first grade teacher at a project based learning school. She enjoyed the surprises that come with planning and implementing integrated, inquiry-based curriculum. For her next challenge, she studied at the Dance Education Laboratory at the 92nd St Y in New York. With this framework of how to teach movement in schools, she moved to San Francisco to teach K-8 dance at Thomas Edison Charter Academy. Studying at the Creative Dance Center in Seattle changed her way of thinking about dance as she adopted the Brain Compatible Dance Education model in all of her classes. She taught with SFUSD VAPA at Sunnyside Elementary School and is thrilled to join Leap as a teaching artist.
Jessie enjoys seeing students become more successful at the BrainDance patterns and teaching folk dances and other choreography. Her favorite part of dance class is exploring concepts of dance and guiding students to choreograph their own dances. With an emphasis on process over product, students use dance vocabulary to make connections to other subjects- deepening understanding and expressing thoughts and feelings.
As a teaching artist, Jessie loves that she can play a small but important role in the experience of her students. Her goal is that students experience joy while connecting to self, peers, and academic pursuits.