Director of Guidance
Southern Aroostook Community School
Jess (“she/her/hers”) is a certified school counselor at Southern Aroostook Community School in Dyer Brook. A Southern Aroostook graduate, Jess has many fond memories of growing up in “The County.”
Jess earned a BA in Elementary Education and Sociology from Castleton State College in Vermont. She joined the Castleton basketball team and earned MVP honors. Her team appeared in two national championships and was inducted into the Castleton Hall of Fame in 2012.
After college Jess settled in South Florida, working for MBNA America in Boca Raton. MBNA drew her back to Maine, where she had two beautiful daughters and began coaching youth sports. Jess began working in her local school district in order to be more present with her girls. Colleagues soon encouraged her to pursue further education. Jess earned her MA in School Counseling from Husson University in 2011. She has also worked with Gear Up Maine and has been instrumental in securing MELMAC grants for her district. Jess began attending MeCA conferences as a graduate student with her mentor Charlotte Durr.
Jess believes that all students can succeed through the collaborative efforts of school, home, and community. She is excited about investing in our community by serving on the MeCA Board.
In her free time, Jess enjoys napping, reading, baking, volunteering for the local recreation department, spending time with family/friends and gardening with her husband.