Jessie is a multi-instrumentalist, with her first love being the piano accordion, which she started at age six. She is a graduate of Miami University and Youngstown State University, where she received her Master’s degree in music performance.
Following the Sistema Fellows Program, under the auspices of AmeriCorps, Jessie completed a one-year position as music teacher for two public schools in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston where she implemented methods of democratic and holistic education and worked with 200 children. The Dudley Promise Corps is a pilot AmeriCorps program that places AmeriCorps members in Dudley neighborhood elementary schools to address one of Boston’s most pressing education challenges: eliminating the deep and persistent achievement gaps that disproportionately affect children living in poverty, students of color, and students who are English language learners.
In 2015, Jessie relocated to Seattle, Washington.
Photo: Daniela Veriguette