Jessica Barbera is currently a second grade teacher. Prior to moving to Hawaiʻi Island, Jessica taught kindergarten in Honolulu. This summer she collaborated with teachers from different islands to team-teach "Mad Scientists", a PreK through first grade class in the innovative Virtual Summer Learning Lab. Jessica is passionate about learning from and collaborating with her students, parents, colleagues and members of the community in order to become a better, more effective teacher. She is especially proud of her participation in the Lemon Tree Project & Kindergarten Greenhouse at Jefferson Elementary, as well as her work with introducing new technology to her students and families. Jessica earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Hawaii Pacific University.