Jess earned her BS in Elementary Education from Edgewood College. She is double licensed, specializing in educating students whose first language isn’t English. She has also spent many years working with adolescents and young adults with varying needs and diagnoses and a few years working in Event Planning and Management. Jess is the youngest of three biological siblings and, at the age of 17, she gained four adopted brothers from Africa and Bulgaria. Her brothers entered the United States not knowing any English, not having had access to education, and with varying diagnoses such as autism, fetal alcohol syndrome, reactive attachment disorder, schizophrenia, bipolar, and learning disabilities. This led Jess to CI’s front door, where she was met with passion and warmth. After years in the classroom, Jess knew she could make a larger impact with children, families, and communities. This led her back to CI. She is thrilled and committed to serving children and families and is grateful to be a part of a company that shares her dedication and values. In her free time, she loves to cuddle with her dogs, Beau Finley and Annie Jo, while completing a puzzle (typically with dogs on it). She loves listening to music, singing, and dancing even though these are not her strengths. She enjoys writing, list-making, crafts, and making meaningful connections.