Jessica Sanders

Energy & Engineering Panel

Recorded Saturday February, 20th 2021

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“Education is not just about the sharing of knowledge, it is about building relationships”

Jessica Sanders, the 2019 New Mexico Teacher of the Year, works as an Instructional Coach at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. She has spent 13 years teaching, nine of those in the middle school science classroom. Jessica is a 2017 New Mexico Academy of Science Outstanding Science Teacher of the Year, a 2018 New Mexico Golden Apple Teacher of Excellence award winner, and the 2019 New Mexico Teacher of the Year. She played volleyball for New Mexico Highlands University and graduated with a BA in Elementary Education and later received her MA in Curriculum and Instruction from her alma mater. Her focus as a classroom teacher has been to be a voice for change in science education by involving herself in organizations such as the New Mexico Science Teachers Association where she currently serves as President. Jessica’s involvement has allowed her to be a strong voice for science education and an advocate for high-quality, teacher-led professional development. Jessica wants to continue to advocate for students and their right to high-quality education through education policy as a TeachPlus Education Policy Fellow. She is passionate about STEAM education and has been pivotal in the advancement and implementation of NGSS across the state of New Mexico. When Jessica is not out advocating for students, collaborating with teachers, and working with staff and students at school, she spends her time exploring her Rio Rancho community, working as Girl Scout troop leader, outdoor enthusiast, wife, church member, and mom of four of the sweetest little kiddos you’ll ever meet!