Jesuit High School
Looking back on her years as a young student, Jessica Watts recalls being driven to learn but uninspired by any particular coursework. This quickly changed at Rio Americano High School when she came across a physics teacher with a contagious passion for education and science. “It is because of his example that I am where I am today. I hope that I can make a similarly profound impact on my students, both through physics and life lessons.”
Jessica went on to earn her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of California Davis, where she conducted astrophysics research and taught labs. During summers she mentored high school students enrolled in the university’s research program. “I always found the teaching more fulfilling because of the contact I had with students.” While earning her teaching credential, Jessica spent a year student teaching at Vanden High School in Fairfield, Calif. The experience reinforced her belief that teaching is a constantly changing and dynamic environment, where teachers have to deal with countless variables on a daily basis.
Jessica is embarking on her teaching career at Jesuit High School in Carmichael, Calif. She looks forward to “pushing students to learn physics at a deeper level and hopefully inspire them to continue their studies in science.” As a KSTF Fellow, Jessica is most excited about having an extensive support network, access to mentorship and tools that will enable her to become a successful science teacher. Jessica is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys snowboarding, running and rock climbing.