Jessica Smith Kennan
Jessica Smith Kennan

Urban Education


Work Position
Teaching Assistant, Urban Teacher Education Program


Jessica Smith Kennan was raised in Richmond, California in the San Francisco Bay Area. She earned: a BA in Sociology – Law and Society from the University of California, Davis; a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with a Cross-cultural Language And Academic Development (CLAD) certification from California State University, East Bay in partnership with the West Contra Costa Unified School District; and a Master of Education and Administrative Services Credential from the University of California, Berkeley.

Prior to attending Rutgers, Jessica dedicated the previous 12 years to serving the students, faculty and families of the West Contra Costa Unified School District (in her hometown) as a teacher, ELD Coach/Data Specialist, instructional specialist, vice principal, assistant principal and principal with administrative experience spanning grades pre-K to 12. Jessica has a passion for transforming educational systems in an effort to improve equity and educational outcomes for traditionally underserved students - and it is this passion that led her to Rutgers.

Jessica’s research interests include the connection between administrative policy and the construction of civic identity and future voting habits of urban high school students; student access to restrooms, fresh air and sunlight and construction of democratic ideals and citizenship; and issues of spatial freedom for marginalized populations.



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