Growing up in a military family, Jessica Richardson moved schools frequently, and saw from an early age the disparities between them: “I was outraged. Students receiving a low-quality education was not at all an anomaly, but an unjust norm.”

Jessica joined Teach For America and began her career teaching sixth grade English at Spring Oaks Middle School in Houston before becoming a Principal Intern. She later served as an instructional coach at Breakthrough Collaborative – KIPP Connect and an ESL teacher at Patrick Henry Elementary School in Virginia. She most recently worked as Operations Manager at DC Prep – the highest-performing charter network in Washington, DC – overseeing the discretionary budget, managing onboarding for new staff, and sustaining all facets of the school’s day-to-day processes. “My life’s purpose is to create change in the world and improve education for minority students,” says Jessica.

Jessica received a Bachelor of Arts from Alabama A&M, a Master of Education from Sam Houston State University, and a certificate in Education Policy and Program Evaluation from Georgetown University.