Founder of the Bottomless to Sober project. 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 am working on several education related projects. 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 choose to live a life of recovery a day at a time, which empowers me to be of service to others.
Jessica with her students at the W.E.B. DuBois Academy in Louisville, KY
Jessica working with a student in Buckner, KY
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.
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.