Jessica Imel

Jessica is a teacher in the Ignite Professional Studies Program and previously served as a teacher in the Gateway Alternative Learning Program. She is a graduate of the Walton MBA program at the University of Arkansas and spent 10 years in Corporate Finance and Strategy before becoming an educator with Bentonville Schools.

She loves to connect ideas, data, and people and she is passionate about creating a quality, relevant learning experiences for students.

Her work in the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion space stemmed from reflection questions like, are my classroom efforts helping students feel like they belong? Am I able to acknowledge the lives they live and value them for who they are through my lessons and activities? Research and personal experience tells us that when students feel this sense of inclusion and belonging, they become more intellectually curious, take more academic risks, and think more critically.

The core of the DEI Committee is about strengthening the diverse set of skills our profession demands and becoming culturally proficient leaders capable of promoting educational opportunities that enhance the education of all students in our schools.