Director of Social Emotional Learning
Jessica (Coach Jessie) is a true Southern California native, as she was raised in Culver City and attended CCUSD schools from K-12. In 2009 She received her BA in Theatre from the University of Southern California, which paved the road for her work with kids in a surprising way. She became a Playworks Coach at CWC Hollywood in Fall of 2011, and from then on, Coach Jessie has developed an inclusive youth fitness program, which infuses Social-Emotional Learning with Healthy Play. In Fall of 2015, Coach Jessie became CWCH’s Director of SEL, coordinating SEL curricula across all grade levels and creating opportunities for student leadership and learning on and off the playground. She continues to teach Class Game Time to grades TK-1st, as well as SEL with 4th and 5th grade students, focusing on Peer Aggression (4th grade) and Social Justice (5th grade). She also runs the Junior Coach Peacemaking & Leadership Program for 4th and 5th graders, as well as the MC program for 5th graders. Her background in theatre, fitness, and education (M.Ed Antioch Los Angeles, coursework at UCLA TEP) give her a unique perspective on working with children, and she is beyond grateful to continue her work at CWCH to support SEL and a positive whole-school culture for this amazing community.