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Jessica Rucker

Jessica A. Rucker is an electives teacher and the Electives Department Chair at Euphemia Lofton Haynes High School in Washington, D.C. She is a member of the D.C. Area Educators for Social Justice network and was a writer-participant in the 2018–2019 Stories from Our Classroom teacher writer’s course. Rucker was a participant in the 2018 NEH Summer Teacher Institute at Duke University where she learned the “bottom-up history” of the Civil Rights Movement by a team of scholars, veterans, and educators from Duke University, the SNCC Legacy Project, and Teaching for Change. She is a native Washingtonian and community accountable scholar with more than a decade and a half of youth development and community education expertise. Rucker is the founder of Our Curated Community Story—a volunteer group dedicated to teaching youth how to document and present community-specific narratives through curated walking tours or by serving as interpreters for curated community events. Previously, Rucker was an adjunct professor with the Georgetown University Institute of College Preparation and a docent at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Rucker holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, with a concentration in Social Justice Analysis, from Georgetown University, and she resides in Washington, D.C. with her partner.