My name is Jessica Carlson, and I am a science teacher at Shortridge High School. I was awarded the Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellowship at the University of Indianapolis Spring of 2014. For the 2014-2015 school year, I taught biology at Southport High School, as a year long clinical placement, and completed my Master of Arts in Teaching June of 2015. Previously, I did bench research studying the structure of the vitamin B12 receptor on E. coli at Purdue University where I received a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology in 2005. I have played an active role in the PTSA at IPS school #302 as a parent, including serving as president from 2012-2014.
I married my best friend and partner, Rob, in 2003. He is a computer engineer and the software architect responsible for 3 million lines of code. We are constantly having scientific discussions over a meal with our two children, Natalie and Jack. The four of us share our home with 2 dogs, 2 cats, and 3 beehives! We love travelling, hiking, biking, kayaking, and fishing. Rob was born and raised in Canada, so our passion for travel includes getting our kids to as many states and provinces as possible. Our summer trip last year was to the American Southwest. My personal, current stats now include: 49 states, 7 provinces, and 8 countries. I’m missing Alaksa, so one of these summers we will be making a road trip through Canada to Alaska.
I am blessed to have discovered teaching. Exposing students to the amazing wonders of science is my platform for teaching students how to become responsible citizens and life-long learners.
Degrees and Certifications:
Masters of Arts in Teaching, University of Indianapolis, 2015
2014 Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellow
Bachelors of Science in Molecular Biology, Purdue University, 2005