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Dr. Jessica Werner – MerrySpell Advisory Board Member

Dr. Werner lives in Minneapolis, MN and works as a non-profit administrator, schools consultant, and leadership coach. She has been working in the field of education for 17 years with students and teachers around the world.

Her first teaching experience was in Santiago, Chile, while studying abroad in college through the University of Notre Dame. She signed up for a service program and ended up teaching English to seventh and eighth graders at a struggling school on the outskirts of Santiago. After this, her focus changed from Psychology to Education and after graduating from college she pursued a Master’s degree in Education, followed by a Doctorate in Educational Leadership.

She has taught children in grades two through eight in the United States, Chile, Honduras, Poland and Ethiopia. She currently is an adjunct professor of education at the College of St. Scholastica in Minnesota, where she supervises pre-service teachers and is an instructor of classroom management. She also serves as a consultant in schools helping teachers increase their own self-efficacy in order to foster greater student success.

Dr. Werner is also the program director for a non-profit organization that sends volunteers to work in communities in Ethiopia and Kenya. She has been running this program for the last 8 years. She loves being able to work with people in various contents, be it leadership coaching, teaching, consulting, or training volunteers to work abroad.

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