Jess Friedman
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Jess F.

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Levels taught:
Elementary, Middle School, High School
When we are learning poetry, it's important to bring in context of poetry across time, but I really am focused on what type of poetry each student wants to focus on. From classics, Shakespeare, and Renaissance to modern, spoken word and abstract poetry, there are so many different roads that this class can venture off to. The goal is for students to write their own poetry and start to develop a vocabulary for the type of poetry that interests them and that they create. I personally grew up reading a lot of sonnets and Shakespearean poetry, but then I was drawn to modern poets like Danez Smith, Kevin Killian, and Elliott Smith. I am also interested in how poetry translates to songwriting and if students are interested that can also be a part of the writing and reading curriculum.

About Jess F.

Hello! My name is Jess (they/them) and I am a visual and performing artist with a passion for teaching! I love to teach acrylic painting, pen and pencil drawing, songwriting and poetry! I also love to learn! In my free time I am currently focused on learning how to become an advanced piano piano, a beginning juggler, and an intermediate filmmaker. I have a can-do teaching attitude and I want to be a resource for students going through a hard time. When we enter the classroom, we can put all of that negative and hard outside energy into our artistic expression and become the incredible artists that are inside of all of us!


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Substitute Teacher
Oct 2019 - Present

Swing Education

Substitute Art Teacher at Creative Arts Charter School in San Francisco. Duties include working with students of all levels K-8 to complete a variety of art practices. Additionally, I designed a week-long lesson plan that taught students to work together to create different types of drawn and painted optical illusions.

Los Angeles Shakespeare in the Park
Jul 2014 - Aug 2014

Los Angeles Shakespeare in the Park

I worked as a painter for the set of LA's Shakespeare in the Park for 2 weeks over the summer! We used a blending technique of blues and purples to create a backdrop of the city of Verona for their production.

Education Coordinator
Jan 2012 - Jun 2014

UC Davis Campus Center for the Environment

As an undergraduate student, I led a 2-unit (P/NP) course called Field Guide to Sustainable Living, for first-year undergraduate students that wanted to learn more about how to become a conscious steward of the environment. Duties included weekly class meetings, coordinating field trips, designing quarterly lesson plans, weekly grading and feedback, and submitting final grades. I also worked closely with other members of the Campus Center for the Environment to ensure grants, funding and outreach on and off campus.


Sustainable Environmental Design
Jun 2010 - Jun 2015

University of California, Davis


Substite Teaching 30-Day Emergency Credential
Oct 2019

Contra Costa Department of Education

I am certified to teach K-12 classes as the sole teacher in the classroom for up to 30 consecutive days in a row.

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