Teaching has always been a joy for me, but my greatest passion is continually uncovering the mysteries of how we learn. Throughout my career, I have developed a love of watching the light bulb come on for my students when they finish reading their first book, see themselves as successful writers, or finally understand the concept of fractions. I thoroughly enjoy being part of their process in learning and gaining self-confidence along the way.
My teaching journey began at Skidmore College, where I received my Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with an American Studies minor. After graduating, I taught first grade and learned that I loved being part of the process of teaching children to read. In the next chapter of my journey, I became an Americorps volunteer and worked as a literacy tutor in Commerce City. I knew I had found my lifelong passion for helping children of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities learn how to access the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed.
My literacy experience and my enthusiasm for teaching led me to a position at Denver Academy, a school designed for students with learning differences, as a Literacy Specialist for four years. I am currently working on my Masters program in Literacy and enjoy expanding my knowledge and experience in teaching. My new tutoring venture provides opportunities for me to connect with families in Evergreen and work with students and parents in the community.
I am a Colorado native and am now fortunate to live in Evergreen with my husband Dave (owner of Peak to Peak Technology) and our two lovely cats. I love traveling, gardening, hiking, biking, dancing, and of course, reading, learning, and exploring.
- Kathleen Allen, Parent
"Homework used to be such a struggle; my kids would get frustrated and I did not really feel qualified to help them. Ever since they've been working with Jerica, their attitudes have completely improved, as have their grades. Most importantly, they feel confident and successful."
- Ben Patterson, 9th grade student
"I worked with Jerica for three years; she helped me with reading and writing. It was really helpful working one on one with her and getting more attention than being in a big class. She helped me understand what I was reading. It was more fun working with Jerica than by myself."