High School Math
Jess is also known as Jessie to her family or Jessica Leigh Brooks when she’s in trouble or trying to act official. She was born in Chicago and raised in Ohio where she narrowly escaped in 2000. She took up sanctuary in the northeast at a small university called Alfred, in the town of Alfred right down the road from a place called Alfred Station. Apart from that it really was in the middle of nowhere, which was perfect for Jess’ favorite pastime of playing in wooded, rocky and water-like areas. Jess was known as Jessbrooks in those days. She became Czar of an outdoor organization called the Forrest People, started an activist group, became president of the ever so cool Math Club and sat on the Judicial Board. She also became the Astronomy TA somehow, although knows very little about the subject.
After Alfred, for some unknown reason, Jess traveled west with a college friend for the city of Portland. Then, as it turns out, Portland agreed with her and she’s been there since. Here she’s fallen in love, created a pottery studio, retreats to a bountiful garden and obtained a healthy bike collection. Her first job here was as a bike mechanic, before plummeting into the world of Math tutoring and education. She began taking Graduate Math Education classes at PSU in 2005. Also in 2005 she began working for Pacific Crest Community School as their Algebra 2 teacher and in 2006 she started working for Trillium Charter School. In 2010 she finally completed her masters program graduating with a MST degree.
High School Language Arts
Not born but raised in Wisconsin, I attended the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and majored in Archaeology. That degree brought me to the Pacific Northwest where I worked as a research scientist in field archeology for 13 years. As an archeologist I travelled the entire northwest, seeing some of the most beautiful country in the world.
As a student, I struggled as a kid with ADHD in school. My passion for science and a few caring teachers made all the difference and I decided to pay that gift forwards. I then earned my graduate school teaching credentials from Portland State. Endorsed in social studies, integrated science, and biology, I intimately understand the struggles kids with learning disabilities face.
I see the world is an enormous science lab! I provide an integrated approach to science, make class hands on, and provide students opportunities to explore their own interests.
My free time is spent with my husband, son, and my dog Ira. We love to ski, hike, backpack, and travel. On Sunday’s you’ll find my watching the Greenbay Packers!
My claims to fame are meeting heroine Jane Goodall, Bill Nye the Science Guy, and meeting Fred Armisen when I was an extra on Portlandia.