Jesse earned his Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education at Mt. Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Before joining the University of Iowa’s TRIO Upward Bound Program he taught at the middle school level in Cedar Rapids. He joined TRIO Upward Bound in 2019 and currently serves as the specialist for the juniors in the program and works with the instructional staff during the summer program. Jesse is passionate about personalized learning, particularly as it relates to creating equitable outcomes in the educational environment. In his free time, he enjoys reading, running, and spending time with his family.