Jessica Barbera

Guest Blogger


Honolulu, Hawaii

Jessica Barbera is currently a second grade teacher. Prior to moving to Hawaiʻi Island, Jessica taught kindergarten in Honolulu. This summer she collaborated with teachers from different islands to team-teach “Mad Scientists”, a PreK through first grade class in the innovative Virtual Summer Learning Lab.

Jessica is passionate about learning from and collaborating with her students, parents, colleagues and members of the community in order to become a better, more effective teacher. She is especially proud of her participation in the Lemon Tree Project & Kindergarten Greenhouse at Jefferson Elementary, as well as her work with introducing new technology to her students and families. Jessica earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Hawaii Pacific University.


Posted Nov. 17, 2021

Building Trusting Relationships at School Will Help Us Move Forward

Trust is the centerpiece of any relationship and has played a critical role in our lives in the grueling year…

By Jessica Barbera

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Posted Nov. 18, 2021

If You’ve Been Silent About Child Justice, We Need You Now More Than Ever

We have a problem. The global COVID-19 pandemic has not only created a storm of challenges in policy and practice for public education; it also…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Nov. 22, 2021

Current Events Put Racism on Display, No Matter How Hard Some Try to Hide It

In the words of Mugatu, I feel like I’m taking crazy pills. Defense lawyers in the trial seeking justice for the murder of Ahmaud Arbery,…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Nov. 30, 2021

Principals Must Be Hope Dealers In Schools and Communities

During a recent conversation, Murleen Coakley, principal of Greenfield Union in the Detroit Public Schools Community District, reminded me how much being a great principal…

By Robert Simmons

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