Jesse’s education career started in New York City as an early member of the Math For America fellowship program. After earning a bachelor’s degree in pure and applied mathematics at Boston University and a master’s degree in math education at Teachers College, Jesse taught high school mathematics in New York City for five years. He then moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and served as a founding math teacher in the Summit Public Schools charter network. In the fourth year of the school, Jesse was given the opportunity to serve as the principal. He feels very grateful for the chance he had to serve the East San Jose community for five years in this position.
In his time as a teacher and administrator, Jesse focused on the development of mental health supports for students, implementing mastery-based grading and a project-based curriculum, and using data effectively.
Jesse feels most fulfilled when he is continuously learning, especially from observing and getting feedback from others. He loves hiking, podcasts, and live music.
“Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.” – James Baldwin