Jessica Claire
, , 100 Montgomery St. 10th Floor (555) 432-1000,
Professional Summary

Warm and engaging independent school educator with an optimistic and forward-thinking mindset. A connective leader who believes that developing strong, authentic relationships creates a positive and productive school culture.

Skill Set
  • Written Communication
  • Storytelling
  • Creative Marketing
  • Collaboration
  • Transparency
  • Critical Thinking
Expected in 2018 Certification | Nonprofit Management - School Leadership Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, GPA:
Expected in 1997 Masters of Educational Administration | Type 75 Certification Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, IL GPA:
Expected in 1990 Bachelor of Science | Mathematics Education (K-12) Illinois State University, Normal, IL GPA:
Leadership Experience

Program Contributions

  • Facilitate and implement school-wide RULER program (Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence)
  • Design and implement blended-block master schedule
  • Lead Upper School math program focused on abstract reasoning and critical thinking approaches
  • Design 1:1 ubiquitous tablet PC program from inception (currently Microsoft Surface Pro)
  • Create and facilitate student-led conference model connected to SEL student reflections
  • Support and oversee middle school design-thinking curriculum
  • Assist in plan and design process of renovation projects including innovation lab, auditorium, and gym
  • Facilitate middle school FLL Robotics competition

Parent Education & Presentations

  • Coordinate annual live auction grade competition - helped to raise more than $100,000 to date
  • Present at ISACS Annual Conferences on advisory program, mathematics teaching techniques, and SEL
  • Present at AMLE on middle school flexible block scheduling
  • Create and annually present Upper School 101 transition model for incoming Lower School families
  • Present to Board of Trustees on MAP data trends, math curriculum, SEL, technology, and assessment
  • Lead school-wide MAP testing training and develop parent education presentations
  • Implement recurring parent education series on adolescent development and socialization
  • Attend and present at monthly Parent Association meetings

Professional Development

  • Lead diversity and inclusion training for all faculty and staff
  • Design and lead cross-divisional in-service programs
  • Oversee ISACS self-study accreditation process and implement plans and priorities (2012, current)
  • Facilitate professional dialogue groups using summer reading
  • Create opportunities for ongoing training around authentic questioning (Making Thinking Visible)
  • Lead faculty workshops related to interdisciplinary teaching & differentiated instruction
  • Member of ISACS accreditation visiting team (2010, 2018)
  • Attended Instructional Coaching Institute (2019)
Work Experience
2012 to Current Head of Upper School Brighton School District 27J | Brighton, CO,

Carry out day-to-day operations for 180 students in grades 5-8 including overseeing curriculum design, supervision and evaluation of faculty, development of master schedule, and student discipline. Collaborate as a member of the senior administrative team and organize initiatives with Head of School. Established evidence-based advisory program with school social worker. Regularly partner with Director of Admissions to coordinate open houses, tours, marketing strategies, and new family events. Create and facilitate in-service meetings. Implement evaluation system and professional growth processes. Lead division meetings and meet regularly with team leaders and department chairs. Design student-led weekly community meetings. Partner with parents regarding academic matters, social concerns, and disciplinary issues. Develop equitable system for faculty supervision duties. Teach eighth-grade algebra and geometry courses.

2008 to 2012 Asst. Head of Upper School Lake Forest Country Day School | City, STATE,

Create middle school schedule and section courses. Manage student progress and all disciplinary concerns. Design and implement student activities program including coordination of fundraising, ordering spirit items and supervising spirit days, overseeing student-run assemblies and homecoming events, class gift selection, room parent sponsored activities and student policy formation. Create student nominated executive board to formalize student input. Lead the development of new 1:1 tablet PC program for 2011-12 school year. Coordinate comprehensive research process and facilitated meetings for faculty professional growth. Facilitate and present program to parents. Develop a model for full integration of technology into curriculum. Teach eighth-grade algebra courses.

1999 to Current Middle School Math Teacher Lake Forest Country Day School | City, STATE,

Oversee and implement of middle school mathematics curriculum, coordinate budget, lead weekly meetings, and communicate with parents regarding student placement. Create and deliver varied lessons that allow for multiple student learning styles. Integrate technology into program and create calculator applications curriculum for grades 5-8. Coordinate annual math competitions. Teach algebra courses and develop units focused on abstract reasoning skills such as the comprehensive study and application of quadratic solutions. Integrate graphing calculator activities, web-based curriculum and problem-solving applications into program. Teach geometry course including two-column proof writing, application of theorems and postulates, and project-based learning unit on constructions.

1990 to 1999 Math Teacher & District Coordinator Maple School | City, STATE,

Teach seventh-grade math including pre-algebra, algebra, and geometry courses. Provide math professional development, support, and curriculum coordination for K-8 district.

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School Attended

  • Northwestern University
  • Northern Illinois University
  • Illinois State University

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  • Head of Upper School
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  • Middle School Math Teacher
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