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Jessica Dueñas
 2019 Kentucky State Teacher of the Year | Coach | Consultant | Speaker | Founder of Bottomless to Sober 
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About Me

Educator, life coach and founder of Bottomless to Sober. 2019 Kentucky State Teacher of the Year. Brooklyn born and raised by a Cuban father and Costa Rican mother.


I was in the special education and equity field for thirteen years and currently currently work in higher ed. I facilitate professional development for organizations on wellness, I lead workshops on writing and wellness, and am also available as a speaker for events. I also facilitate support group meetings on The Reframe App and The Luckiest Club. I write and publicly speak about equity, culturally responsive teaching, and mental health, in particular addiction. I openly advocate on behalf of all students and supporting the mental health needs of community members.


I hold a bachelor's degree in History, a master's degree in Teaching Students With Disabilities, and an educational specialist degree in Instructional Leadership. I am a life coach certified through an ICF Accredited Coaching Program at the Certified Life Coaching Institute. I also am a Peer Recovery Support Specialist, registered with The National Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC).


I choose to live a life of recovery a day at a time, which empowers me to be of service to others. Contact me at

Learn more about my coaching services here.

Jessica Dueñas with her students at the W.E.B. DuBois Academy

Jessica with her former students at the W.E.B. DuBois Academy in Louisville, KY


Jessica facilitating professional development at the University of Tampa, June 2023

My Work.

Published Pieces

I enjoy writing opinion and other pieces for both local and national publications. Topics I typically write about involve culturally competent teaching, relationship building, supporting public schools, and mental health/self care. My recent work can be found on my blog, Bottomless to Sober.

Media Interviews

As an advocate, I speak passionately with regard to educational equity to empower students. I also firmly believe it is critical to speak about my recovery journey and tell my story in order to show others that they are not alone. Follow my journey and that of others at Bottomless to Sober.

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