Jess has been with The Experiment in International Living since 2013 and brings years of experience in education and youth programs to her position as program officer. Prior to joining the Experiment staff, Jess led an Experiment language and cooking program to France, an archaeological and language program to Peru, a volleyball training program to Cuba, and two outdoor adventures to Costa Rica. Over the course of six years as a social studies and special education teacher, she taught in Armenia, Colombia, and Texas. She has also worked with Outward Bound and led youth groups hiking and canoeing in Maine. Jess has a BA in psychology from Stanford and an MA in international communication from the School of International Service at American University. Jess hails from the El Paso, Texas/Ciudad Juárez area on the Mexican-American border. She speaks Spanish and has been able to pursue her interest in French language by studying abroad in France on two occasions—with Stanford in Paris and with the Sciences Po School of Communications.