Jess Pasionek (she/her/hers) is an educational consultant specializing in strategic planning, leadership development and the creation and implementation of diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. Jess strives to support school leaders in creating work spaces where all members feel valued and can bring their authentic selves to work. Jess attended Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio earning degrees in Social Work and Gender and Diversity Studies. Upon graduation, she joined Teach for America corps in New York City and earned a master's degree in Education. She then stepped away from American education to teach in Tanzania. Once back stateside, she became a founding teacher at a high performing middle school in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Brownsville with the Uncommon Schools charter network. She then had the honor to step into the role of principal to lead the school she helped found. During her time as principal, her school was recognized as a National Blue Ribbon school by the United States Department of Education, the highest award a school can receive. After a decade of serving as a teacher and principal, she transitioned to her current role of educational consultant and moved back to her home state of Michigan. At the heart of her personal and professional endeavors is an unwavering commitment to a life of unlearning and relearning – striving to dismantle white supremacy and create an antiracist world. Jess is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. Jess enjoys traveling, games nights and relaxing in nature.