Jessica was born in Panama City, Panama, but raised in the Bay Area for most of her life. She loves the diversity that is found in our region, and also realizes the importance being an agent of change for equity. She has been teaching in early childhood education for twelve years in a variety of roles from teacher's aide to behavioral therapist to classroom teacher. Jessica has a B.A. in Child and Adolescent Development from San Francisco State University, and a M.S. in Educational Leadership from California State University, East Bay. She loves connecting with children, families, and the community. She is a lifelong learner who aspires to create a love of learning in everyone that she meets. Jessica enjoys marveling in children's curiousity and helping them to reach beyond expectations.