Q&A with Vera De Jesus

Describe the work you’ll be doing with Highlander Institute:
As an Educational Strategies Specialist, I support teachers and school leaders in achieving their blended and personalized learning goals.


What’s your background?
Most recently, I taught 8th grade math at a public charter school in Central Falls, where I was previously an AmeriCorps Education Fellow. In between the fellowship and teaching, I pursued my MAT at Brown University. Prior to starting a career in education, I studied journalism and psychology in Boston and worked in corporate communications.


What are you most looking forward to with this new position?
I’m really looking forward to collaborating with educators across Rhode Island as we work together to create classroom experiences that serve and engage all learners. I’m excited to be working with passionate people who truly believe in educational equity, and I’m eager to learn from my new team!


What’s your self professed super-power?
I can describe food with impeccable precision.


Any other thoughts you’d like to share?
 Nothing in mind right now, but feel free to strike up a conversation anytime!