Degrees and Certifications:
M.A. Language Reading and Culture, University of Arizona B.A. Elementary Education, University of Arizona English as a Second Language PreK-12 Gifted Specialist K-12 Reading Specialist K-12 Structured English Immersion PreK-12 Early Childhood Endorsement
Jessica S. Jacobs
My name is Jessica Jacobs. I have been part of the Amphi family for 14 years and have been teaching since 1996. As I have the opportunity to connect with my students year after year and develop relationships with them over their time in elementary school, I find it so rewarding to watch their interests and passions deepen and develop and their potential unfold. My husband and I have two children who are also at Innovation Academy! I enjoy reading, outdoor activities, and traveling.
Defining Moment in my Career
Early in my career, I taught Spanish in a rural high school in the Deep South. My students had lost their Spanish teacher to leukemia two years earlier, and, their hearts hurting, they were determined to "run off" her replacement. Terrified, -I didn't look much older than them at the time,- I established a rigorous syllabus, spoke only in Spanish, and started a Spanish Club. The students flocked to the club and, second semester, became the region's champions in the Spanish Bowl. I learned so much that year about expectations, relationships, courage, and caring. The young people forever have a place in my heart.
Why I Love Teaching
I love teaching at Innovation! We are a kind, caring, dedicated, professional community. Our families are committed to seeing their children reach their potential. I enjoy the energy that is created by our students' curiosity, problem solving, and hands-on learning. We have high expectations of our students and treat them with dignity, embracing them as whole beings, intellectually, socially, and emotionally. My students make every day an adventure with their sense of humor, creativity, spontaneity and enthusiasm!
K-5 REACH/Gifted Services, Amphitheater School District, 2007-2019
Third Grade, Prince Elementary, 2005-2007
Bilingual Second Grade
High School Spanish
Classroom Teacher 1st-3rd Grades
Elementary School Spanish
Elementary School Physical Education
English as a Second Language, Seoul, South Korea