Jessica, who is currently in her 13th year as a faculty member at The Rashi School, is the lead teacher in a third-grade classroom. Amidst delicious food, lively music and heartfelt tributes, almost 300 friends, family, parents, staff and Rashi supporters celebrated Jessica’s exceptional work at Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley.

Over the course of Jessica’s tenure, she has been a member of several curriculum review committees, including social studies, science and SEL. She has worked for Brandeis University as a mentor in their DeLeT program, helped to facilitate Mitzvah Makers, chaperoned the seventh-grade trip to Washington, D.C., organized the school’s annual community seder and founded the Rashi book club. She also teaches the annual Red Cross Babysitters Training Course offered to middle-school students. Jessica’s innovative classroom ambassador program was the inspiration behind the current Admissions Ambassador initiative, which has played a powerful role in introducing prospective families and staff members to the school community. In her teaching, Jessica demonstrates a strong commitment to both social justice and personalized education. She is currently the teacher leader of the JBlend Team.

Additionally, Jessica is the proud Rashi parent of a current second- and fourth-grader and is appreciative of the opportunity to experience the rigor and breadth of the curriculum from a different vantage point. Jessica is a graduate of Phillips Andover Academy and the Mountain School of Milton Academy. She received her B.A. in political science from Haverford College in 2001 and went on to receive an M.Ed in elementary education from Lesley University in 2006.

This year, the Limud Celebration was co-chaired by three special couples: current parents Jessica and Michael Carroll, JulieSue and Matthew Goldwasser, and alumni parents Pam and David Hallagan. They all worked tirelessly to make the evening a huge success.

While accepting the Limud Award, Jessica commented on the evening’s “storytelling” theme. She noted, “It’s an honor to stand before you tonight to acknowledge my colleagues, and to pay tribute to their capacity to inspire a future in which the world will be changed for the better because teachers are changing the storytellers for the better.”

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