Jessica Waters

Jessica Waters

Jessica Waters is the director of next generation learning partnerships at Rhode Island Mayoral Academies. She previously worked at the Rhode Island Department of Education as an educator quality specialist and taught at Beacon Charter High School for the Arts. A high school science teacher for six years, Jessica was awarded the Peter McWalters Professional Educator Award in 2012 and is the 2013 Rhode Island State Teacher of the Year. She serves on various state committees including Educators in Action, Distinguished Educators, 2014 Rhode Island Charter School Application Advisory Committee, Standards-Based Grading Working Group, Next Generation Science Standards Curriculum Writing Team, and RI Educator Autonomy Workgroup. She also serves as a board member at Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy. Waters holds a degree in secondary education (biology and chemistry) from Rhode Island College and an MA in educational leadership.

The High Cost of Opt-Out at One Rhode Island High School

As a mother of three, Rhode Island Teacher of the Year in 2013, and an aspiring school leader I struggle to understand the push to opt out of annual testing that seems to be taking hold among suburban and mostly white parents. It is uniquely disappointing and perplexing to read a letter from my former boss and learn that the… Read more →

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