Position: College Bio & AP Biology Teacher
Education: BA Florida Tech Science Education with a minor in Biology
MA Leslie University Science Education
We thank her husband for bringing her to Puerto Rico where she began working at another private school before finding Robinson School. She started teaching science and math to 5th and 6th graders. One year later, she applied and got the position of College Bio & AP Biology teacher. Since working here for the past 16 years, she became the mother of two girls and developer of great initiatives.
Jessica is the face behind our school garden and aquaponics system, both integrated into our school curriculum. She states that she’s really proud this project has successfully taken off and that it’s become so much more than a garden. “Kids feel inspired when they do things they don’t normally do and something blooms from it. It’s not to teach them how to grow food, it’s more about how hard work gives results.” For the past two years, she has been working with elementary school science teachers to establish a seamless transition to High School. Her most recent project was hosting the Free Teacher Compost Workshop in collaboration with Puerto Rico Composta.
Teachers work hard to teach students life skills that cannot be learned in books: real-world connections, critical-thinking, being friendly, empathetic. “As a mom, I want my kids to learn these skills more than learning some text printed in a book.” Here at Robinson, the relationship between students and teachers is friendly and familiar. “This past weekend I went to the Thunderbird Air Show at Old San Juan. Some of my students saw me, came over with their parents and talked with me and my kids for about 10 minutes. I have been to a lot of schools and this never happens.” Jessica shared with us that her father served in the ARMY during her entire childhood, so she was unable to stay more than three years in the same school. Robinson is truly an exception. She feels her two daughters are part of a community. “They love it. They are happy here. I believe we feel at home.”
Apart from the usual reading and gardening, Jessica enjoys traveling, the outdoors, history and the arts. “My kids say that all my conversations always lead to music and food.” Next time you visit our school garden, be sure to ask Jessica for locally grown veggies. Maybe she’ll even share a recipe with you!