Jesse says that choosing a favorite teacher is like asking a parent to pick their favorite child. But he has wonderful memories of kindergarten teacher Mrs. Longo, who was incredibly patient and comforting to a frightened five-year-old. She even brought him ice cream after he had his tonsils removed.
Now Jesse gets a chance to support educators like Mrs. Longo every day. He manages the Foundation’s Student Achievement and Learning & Leadership grant programs, as well as the STEM initiative.
After studying business administration and taking graduate courses in education at Bucknell University, Jesse found his niche in education grants over a decade ago. He loves the opportunity his job gives him to meet amazing educators all across this country. He came to the Foundation in the midst of a quarter-life crisis, and the mission, staff, and programs clicked immediately. He’s been here ever since.
Jesse finished 67th in the Boston Marathon once, but his proudest achievement was creating and organizing a competitive eating contest in his hometown of Forest City, Penn. He treasures the memory of watching a person eat 50 pierogis in 10 minutes.