Jessica Conlon Parent who believes in advocating for public schools
Name: Jessica Conlon
Hometown and primary/secondary schools: My family moved a lot when I was growing up. I was in six schools between kindergarten and high school, ranging from public, parochial to single-sex private.I graduated from Visitation Academy in St. Louis, MO.
College and graduate education: I have a BA in English Literature from Boston University, a Masters in Teaching from Pace University and a law degree from University of Missouri - Columbia.
Work experience in public education: I am currently a Partner with TNTP (formerly The New Teacher Project). In that role I work with school systems at all levels and all over the country to end educational inequity. Prior to TNTP, I’ve worked for KIPP Austin as the Director of Human Capital. I began my career as a teacher in the South Bronx, NY.
Family, hobbies, other interests: I spend as much time as I can with my toddler, family and and pups. We love all the family-friendly activities and events in Austin, especially when there’s music and food!
Why I’m invested in public education: I was lucky enough to grow up in a family with the resources to make sure I could attend an excellent school and access the resources I needed - even when we moved to places where the public schools weren’t great. I believe every child deserves to have excellent schools and teachers no matter their zip code.
Why I joined AKF: Austin is my “forever home.” I love this city, and I want my son to grow up here. For me, that also mean I want him to have a high-quality education that stimulates and nourishes him. I believe that’s the same thing that all Austin parents want for their children. I began working with AKF a couple years ago so that all Austin parents have advocates for their children as their Trustees.