Jessica Raleigh's Portfolio

 
Each experience and path I've taken has provided me with amazing opportunities to learn and grow. Bringing all of these experiences together in education allows me to share my passion for learning with students and educators in a unique way. I feel strongly about personalizing learning for students and teachers and creating a system that supports the success of every child and fosters a love of lifelong learning for students and staff alike.

Dance

I grew up in Southern Maine and began dancing at age 5. At age 15 I moved from Maine to Seattle, WA to expand my dance training in tap, ballet, jazz, lyrical, and hip-hop. In 2002 I moved to Orange County, CA to further my dance education. I was an active member of Orange Coast College’s dance department, participating in the annual student dance concert and receiving the prestigious Dorothy Duddridge Dance Scholarship in 2004. After completing my general education classes I transferred to California State University, Long Beach to focus on modern dance, choreography, dance science, and pedagogy. I received my B.A. in 2006.


Technology

After graduating college in 2006 I worked at D-Link Systems as an IT Manager. I managed a group of 16 IT professionals within web development, helpdesk, telephony, and networking. I was responsible for annual department budgets and company-wide technology expenditures, including the negotiation, review, and execution of maintenance, lease, and IT-related contracts. I dealt with sensitive information and records; interacted with vendors, staff, and all levels of management in-person and by phone; became proficient in handling multiple priorities; and was able to adapt to unexpected challenges and changing deadlines. My department ensured 24/7 uptime of network infrastructure, over twelve web applications, www.dlink.com, Lotus Notes email, building security system, and call center / telecom infrastructure.


Teaching

In 2009 I moved to Colorado with my husband and decided to change gears once again and focus on becoming an elementary teacher. Being in a corporate environment was a valuable and rewarding experience that strengthened my desire to give back to the community and be a part of children’s lives. My technology background is something I greatly value and incorporate into the classroom whenever appropriate. I believe that students benefit from thoughtful, intentional technology instruction and lessons on digital citizenship. I enjoy showing children the benefits of technology and how to properly use the resources available to them. This includes knowing when technology may not be the best tool and how to find a balance among all the resources available.


Children

Since 1998 I have worked on and off with children of all ages in a variety of settings. My mother was an educator and business owner who sparked my interest in child development at a very young age. Ever since I can remember I had an interest in education and my role in helping kids learn and grow.

While living in Maine I had my first opportunity to combine this interest with my passion for dance, and I have been teaching ever since. I taught dance to ages 3 through adult for twelve years and in Seattle I ran a dance competition team of 12 students.

Over the years I have worked as a nanny for several families in Seattle, California, and Colorado. In college I studied child development and applied what I learned to my dance instruction and to my time as a nanny.