Jessica grew up and began her teaching career in Maryland, USA. While she taught in the states for 7 years, her real joy has been teaching the last 12 years overseas. She has lived and taught in Indonesia, South Africa and now, Vietnam.
She started her career as a lower elementary teacher, and quickly learned being better for students meant developing more professional skills. Her love of learning and desire to be a more effective teacher fused together in her earning a Masters in Teaching English as an Additional Language in Washington, D.C. and later, a Masters of Arts in Educational Technology in Ireland. Her teaching background includes teaching lower grade levels, EAL and Learning Support. She is especially passionate about supporting students and teachers to create communities where all members feel empowered by being seen, heard, and loved along their learning journey.
Exploring Patterns of Power: Moving Multilingual Writers Beyond Right and Wrong and into Using Curiosity and Risk-taking to Create Meaningful Writing
Participants will: -gain an understanding of the foundations and philosophy behind Patterns of Power -learn the structure and components of using this approach successfully within a writing classroom -learn strategies to implement the program with integrity and equity with a variety of learners
Language Equity: Redefining our Language Learning Practices to Empower Multilinguals
This keynote will be followed by a panel discussion: Spotlight on Linguistic Equity in International Schools where Ceci will lead a panel of teachers of MLLs and leaders of international schools to tackle some of the big questions around linguistic equity practices in their communities.