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  • Jalessa Hurd

    Program manager

    Jalessa has passionately pursued education reform and equity throughout her career. While attending Pepperdine University and earning a Bachelor of Arts in psychology, Jalessa's love of educational equity began to grow as she taught in preschools with Jumpstart. There she managed teams who implemented sessions on phonemic and phonological awareness to preschoolers. During that time, Jalessa also joined the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative, where she secured funding through grant writing and organizing fundraising events to ensure transportation for students to educational partnerships throughout Washington, DC. After graduating in 2017, she moved to Tulsa to continue her devotion to education with Teach for America as a fourth grade teacher at Celia Clinton Elementary. Jalessa joined Reading Partners as a program manager in 2019, to continue on her journey of achieving educational equity and social justice. She is excited about the Reading Partners movement and looks forward to seeing the positive change community volunteerism will make for childhood literacy.
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