Alumni Spotlight: Jess Horton

Name: Jessica Horton
Corps Year & Region: Phoenix '11
About: Jess grew up in Colorado where she loved the mountains. She now calls Los Angeles her home and she enjoys having the beach and mountains close! She received a B.S. in Neuroscience with a minor in Chemistry from Brigham Young University and a M.S. in Educational Leadership and Administration through Concordia University, Ann Arbor. She was a founding member of the first all girls public school in Arizona, the Girls Leadership Academy (GLAAZ), where she taught Chemistry, Integrated Science, Health, STEM, and AVID. Jess initially jumped into the world of education as a Site Coordinator and Program Director for an afterschool program and community outreach initiative. She was involved in education in different capacities for 5 years before she started teaching in the classroom. She cherished her time in the classroom and she worked hard to help her students think like scientists and be independent, thoughtful citizens. She was selected as an Excite Award Recipient through the Lemelson-MIT Program in the spring of 2012 which allowed GLAAZ to apply to receive the InvenTeam grant. She led a group of nine students through the engineering process during the academic year and their hardwork was celebrated at the 2013 Lemelson-MIT EurekaFest in Boston, Massachusetts. Jess and her husband recently welcomed their little girl, Alex, into their home and they love this new season of life!