Jessica James

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Educational Assistant

“The best part of working at Connect is the strong relationships and the team atmosphere.”
– Jessica James 

How long have you been working at Connect Charter School?

I am currently in my 7th year working at Connect.

What is your educational/professional background?

I completed my post-secondary education at the University of Calgary. I have an Honours Bachelor’s degree in Greek and Roman studies with a minor in archaeology. I finished my Education degree in 2009 and taught for one year. After that year of teaching, I volunteered in a grade 1 and grade 2 classroom for several years.

What brought you to Connect? 

I applied at Connect after hearing of a job opening for an Educational Assistant through a friend. I looked through the school’s website and really liked what I saw about inquiry based learning and the outdoor education program. 

What do you consider to be the best part of working at our school?

The best part of working at Connect is the strong relationships and the team atmosphere. When I started working here, I immediately felt included in the school community. I also really appreciate that the school provides outdoor opportunities that students may not otherwise be able to experience. One student told me that without the Outdoor Ed elective, he would never have tried skiing, something he found that he quite enjoyed. 

Tell us a bit about your family. 

My parents are both retired. I have a younger sister who works in the oil and gas industry. We all enjoy travelling, and recently went on a Mediterranean cruise. I am an honorary aunt to several nieces and nephews who keep me up to date on the latest news about Paw Patrol and what constitutes a “cool” running shoe.

What do you like to do when you’re not at Connect? 

When I’m not at work I like to read, nap, travel, and have recently taken up kick boxing.

What is your favourite colour of socks to wear? 

My favourites socks are bright aqua with orange and yellow gummy bears on them. They are both fashionable and warm. 

If I gave you an elephant, where would you hide it?  

I would hide an elephant under my desk, as I might need it for something at a later date. It would sit between my bag of rocks and my box of tissue paper.