Ms. Kelsey Jernigan

Phone: 520-696-5278


Degrees and Certifications:

B.S. Sociology, University of Georgia K-8 Education, University of New Mexico S.E.I. Endorsement Elementary Education Endorsement

Ms. Kelsey Jernigan

Welcome –  I am pleased to be joining the RioVista team this year as the 3-5 English Language Development teacher!  I grew up in Georgia, and lived in New Mexico and Alaska before settling here with my Tucson-native husband and family.   I have had many experiences of language immersion myself, mostly with Spanish in Peru and Mexico.  I found the immersive experience to be both humbling and eye-opening, and I love helping English learners as they tackle the same challenges.  I have taught grades K – 4 and volunteered with adult learners since 2003.

Defining Moment in Education – During my senior year of college, I began volunteering in my community’s adult English as a Second Language classes.  It was then that I realized that my passion is teaching, especially when I can share my enthusiasm for language and cultural exchange.  I completed my degree in Sociology, but returned to school as a Teach for America corps member and elementary education student at the University of New Mexico. 

Core Educational Belief -  My core educational belief is that each and every person loves learning.  We all approach learning in unique ways, but caring teachers can help guide every student on a path to success. 

Prior Experience –

Teach for America Corps Member, Navajo, NM – 3rd

Mikelnguut Elitnaurviat Elementary, Bethel, AK – K-2

Walter Douglas Elementary, Tucson, AZ – 4th