Dominican Republic 2010-2012
Jessica Edwards graduated from the College of Charleston with a major in Political Science and a minor in Spanish. She served in the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic from 2010-2012 where her primary project was starting and directing an adult literacy program serving over 90 students where she designed curriculum, trained teachers and performed monitoring and evaluation. She also started a kids art camp focused on conflict resolution for Dominican and Haitian youth, as well as a young boys club among several other projects. She also worked as a Quality Teacher Coordinator for WorldTeach out of Harvard’s Center for International Development. She completed her masters in International Education Policy and Management and Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt University. In her tenure at Vanderbilt she worked as a program analysist for the Center for Latin American Studies, served as program coordinator for the Office of Active Citizenship and Service in Ecuador, and was awarded a scholarship to study Portuguese in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil. After graduated she began working as the Director of Community Engagement and Outreach at STEM Preparatory Academy, a public charter school with a record of improving academic outcomes in English for immigrant and refugee students. In 2015 she was awarded TN’s School Advocate of the Year and in 2017 was awarded Best in Service to Students and Families. Additionally, she coached the school’s first Youth in Government Team through the YMCA, which took away awards in its inaugural year!
When she is not working, she is competing to rack up awards in local competitions (watermelon eating, photography and chili cooking for now). She loves dancing, traveling, DYI projects, and making delta hot tamales. She is excited to be a part of the TNRPCV board and looks forward to getting back into international work in 2018.