Chief Program Officer
Hometown: Delano, MN
Education: BS Business Administration, Indiana University;
MS Teaching Secondary Math, Pace University
Jessi began her career as a 7th grade mathematics teacher at MS 223 in the South Bronx. After experiencing firsthand the many challenges students and teachers face in the NYC public school system, Jessi became curious about alternative ways to increase positive academic outcomes for students while making teaching more sustainable. She took a role teaching and leading a department at an alternative school in London that deployed a unique team teaching model. After returning to the States, Jessi joined Citizen Schools as a Campus Director to launch Bronx Writing Academy’s first Extended Learning Time program and support the school in thinking about creative ways to structure the school day. Jessi joined Blue Engine in the summer of 2013 and has held a number of different programmatic roles, including direct support of partner teachers and school leaders, staff development, and core program model development and improvement. Jessi is currently the head of Blue Engine’s Organizational Learning & Innovation team. She is excited to spend her time working towards increasing Blue Engine’s programmatic impact as well as innovating and growing to serve more students.
Senior Director, Learning & Product Design
Hometown: Pompano Beach, FL
Education: BA International Development and Cultural Identity, New York University;
MS Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Pace University;
UX Design, General Assembly
Megan brings to Blue Engine a decade of using human-centered design methodology to improve in-person and virtual learning experiences. Megan began her career in education as a Teach for America Corps Member, teaching English as a Second Language at a high school for newcomers in the Bronx, NY. After completing her tenure with TFA, she spent time working in new school development in Chicago with the Renaissance Schools Fund, designing learning experiences for new school developers. Additionally, she spent two years leading the English as an Additional Language department at EtonHouse International Schools in Xi’an and Suzhou, China.
Prior to joining Blue Engine, Megan led design projects at both Teach for All and Teach for America focused on improving teacher and staff learning practices. Over the past four years at Blue Engine, Megan has held the roles of Site Director as well as Director of Learning & Development. In her current role on the Organizational Learning & Innovation team at Blue Engine, Megan leads on all product design for Blue Engine’s Team Teaching Playbook, developing usable tools and assets to ensure effective implementation of Blue Engine’s Team Teaching Model. In addition to her passion for education and design, Megan enjoys traveling and doing gymnastics in her spare time.