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Jessica Lura has taught English and U.S. history at Bullis Charter School for the past three years. She has been an educator for fifteen years and worked for six years in the Ravenswood City School District before coming to Bullis in 2005. She taught first, second and third grade before becoming an eighth grade teacher.
In addition to being a classroom teacher, Ms. Lura is a member of her school’s leadership team and coordinates the school’s annual food drive, which focuses not on only raising money and collecting canned goods for the Second Harvest Food Bank, but also on teaching students about civic responsibility and the causes of hunger (both locally and globally). As part of this effort, her eighth grade students have started an organic garden and donate the produce grown to a local community service agency.
Ms. Lura’s favorite part of being a teacher is helping students to become life long learners. Students are encouraged to explore their passions and interests and to bring them into the classroom. In addition, Ms. Lura exposes her students to new ideas and experiences through technology, access to experts, and real world opportunities. She models being a life-long learner by taking classes, workshops, and summer seminars that she then integrates into her teaching.
After earning Bachelor of Arts degrees in anthropology and classical civilization at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, Ms. Lura received her multiple subject teaching credential and Masters in Education at San Jose State.
Ms. Lura was the Santa Clara County Office of Education county approved charter school Teacher of the Year for 2013. She has been a Fulbright-Hays Scholar (India, 2010), has received a Certificate of Recognition by the California State Assembly (2002) in honor of Outstanding Achievement in Service, and is a National Board Teacher. In November 2013, she co-write a lesson with Gabrielle Giffords and Nicole Hockley called Hands of Hope to remember the victims of school violence and to involve students in the conversation about school safety.