Dr. Jessica Gale joined CEISMC’s evaluation team in March, 2011. Jessica graduated summa cum laude from Pomona College in 2004 with a B.A. in Psychology and earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Educational Studies from Emory University in 2012. Jessica’s doctoral studies were supported by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (2008 – 2011). Her dissertation research explored the implications of comprehensive school reform for science education in urban elementary schools. Jessica’s academic work is informed by her experience as a first grade teacher, which afforded her the opportunity to work with some of Atlanta's most brilliant future scientists and mathematicians. In addition to her interest in program evaluation, Jessica has strong interests in STEM curriculum development and implementation, education policy, urban school reform, and the ways in which teachers work as agents of policy implementation.
In her position as Research Scientist, Jessica contributes to a variety of evaluation and curriculum development projects including SLIDER and CEISMC’s work with Georgia’s Race to the Top programs. In her spare time, Jessica enjoys stargazing, meditation, spending quality time with friends and family, movies, cooking, and long afternoons in Piedmont Park.