Jessica Blum is a doctoral student in Education Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University. She joined the EdLab after nine years of rewarding work in alternative education programs in New York and Ohio. A former high school English teacher and K-12 administrator, Jessica is committed to developing innovative teaching tools and strategies, student- and staff-friendly learning environments, and effective professional development for teachers and leaders in at-risk settings. She currently holds a B.A. and M.A. in English Literature.