about-bird
JESSICA PLAUT
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Education:

B.S., University of Wisconsin
MAT, Smith College

Started at The Common School:

2015

Outside interests:

I love to swim, sew, cook and eat chocolate. I practice mindful meditation daily, and every weekend I try to make some really good sourdough bread.

What brought you to The Common School?

I had left my previous career as a Geologist/Project manager for an environmental consulting company to be a stay-at-home mom to my two sons for several years. I wanted to return to work, but wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted to do next. One day I was chatting with my neighbor, Marcy Sala, and she suggested applying at The Common School. I did and discovered I love teaching. I was awarded a teaching fellowship at Smith College, and earned my Masters of Teaching degree there in 2010. I knew that I wanted to work intensively with students who need extra support in learning to read, so I earned my certification at the Associate level in Orton-Gillingham instruction in 2015.

Tell us about a favorite teaching moment at The Common School:

Working with beginning readers is a truly gratifying experience. Recently, a young student who was sounding out their first words looked up at me with a beaming face and said “I had no idea that I could do that!”

What do you like best about The Common School?

I love everything about The Common School! For one thing, I can’t imagine my life without the amazingly kind, talented, and dedicated colleagues I see here every day. But really it’s the children that make this such a wonderful place. I have worked closely with some students for several years, and I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to watch them grow and develop as individuals.