Jessica Sanders is a 2019 Teach Plus New Mexico Teaching Policy Fellow. She will work as an instructional coach this coming school year for Rio Rancho Public Schools. She has spent 13 years teaching, nine of those in the middle school science classroom. Jessica is a 2018 Golden Apple Teacher of Excellence award winner and the 2019 New Mexico Teacher of the Year. Jessica’s passion for science education and collaborative classroom setting, helps build relationships focused on respect and the value of education. She graduated from New Mexico Highlands University with a BA in Elementary Education and later received her MA in Curriculum and Instruction from her alma mater.