Jessica Claire
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Published author with over a decade’s experience in multiple genres. Seven years spent teaching English (including a specification in rhetoric and familiarity with WAC/WIDA ideologies), creative writing, and journalism with a commitment to ensuring equitable opportunities for all students whether in-person or in the virtual environment. Dedicated mentor to students who live with trauma, addiction, and poverty. Speaker at schools, colleges, libraries, and activist events, including the Annual Androne Memorial Lecture.

Master of Arts: Creative Writing And Literature, Expected in 09/2020
Fairleigh Dickinson University - Madison, NJ,
Bachelor of Arts: English And Secondary Education, Expected in 05/2014
Albright College - Reading, PA
  • Member of Kappa Delta Pi
  • Vice president of Sigma Tau Delta
  • Peer tutor and peer tutor trainer
English, Journalism, Creative Writing Instructor, 2018 to Current
Oley Valley High SchoolCity, STATE,
  • Developed curriculum for and taught both Creative Writing I and II along with Journalism I and II
  • Collaborated with RACC to create a dual-enrollment Creative Writing course
  • Secured a grant for digital storytelling/graphic novel writing to ensure all students have access to digital media in the classroom
  • Partnered with life skills classroom for multi-disciplinary inclusive publishing project
  • Adopted a writer’s workshop model based on MFA workshop techniques
  • Advised and oversaw production of the school newspaper and literary magazine
  • Taught English III, an American literature course with a focus on rhetoric
  • Taught and and remediated thesis-based writing, cross-curricular writing, and basic composition
  • Coordinated an independent study with a student and Berks County Living Magazine
  • Integrated technology in classrooms, mentored other teachers as a tech coach, and helped develop a district-wide technology integration plan (3 years' experience)
  • Member of teacher leadership team, multi-sport coach, teaches an inclusive classroom seven periods per day
English/Language Arts Instructor, 2015 to 2018
Oley Valley Middle SchoolCity, STATE,
  • Taught basic analytical and compositional skills to the PA state standards
  • Organized and oversaw a yearly poetry slam in which students wrote and performed original slam poetry
  • Founded a creative writing club along with a junior high literary magazine
  • Piloted a program with Safe Berks to provide education on consent, healthy relationships, dating violence, in conjunction with existing academic curriculum.
  • Took on extensive behavior training with a focus in motivation
Composition and Creative Writing Instructor, 2014 to 2015
Riverbend High SchoolCity, STATE,
  • Developed curriculum for and taught Creative Writing
  • Created a creative writing club which collaborated with local writing groups and performed regularly
  • Mentored students affected by gang violence, sexual assault, drug addiction, and peer suicide.
  • Won an “Apple Award” for excellence in teaching
  • International bestselling author 2017, 2020
  • TBR Pile's Book of the month recipient, 2017
  • Summa Cum Laude Graduate, 2020, 2014
  • Dr. Sarel P. Fuchs Award for Outstanding Secondary Student Teaching, 2014
  • The Society of Jacob Albright Scholars, 2014
Memberships and Affiliations

The Reading Theatre Project

Berks Scribblers Writers Group

Berks Bards

Safe Berks (developing an age-appropriate sex-ed/consent-centered textbook)

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