Jessica Reback
Director, KIPP Through College, KIPP Columbus

Jessica Reback is a dedicated advocate for educational equity. Whether as a classroom teacher or as a college access counselor, Jessica has spent her career building pathways to college and financially self-sustaining careers for first-generation students, and is excited to continue this work through the New Leaders Council.

In college, Jessica volunteered as a decision-making coach, working with inmates at the local jail to develop coping strategies for upcoming challenges in the final weeks before their release. Inspired by this experience, Jessica adjusted her course of study to earn a teaching license, and completed her student teaching at a local urban charter school. Upon graduation, Jessica moved to New Orleans where she taught middle school english as a Teach for America corps member for two years, and for an additional year thereafter. During her time in New Orleans, she created an original novel-based curriculum centered around diverse perspectives, and helped her students beat the state average on yearly performance assessments.

She then relocated to Columbus, Ohio to teach at KIPP Columbus, one of Ohio's top performing schools for both student growth and academic achievement. 100% of students who attend KIPP Columbus receive free meals, over 90% identify as people of color, and many will be the first in their families to attend college.

Now in her sixth year at KIPP Columbus, Jessica has taught middle school English and has worked in various levels of school administration, but has always put students and their families at the center of her work. As an English teacher, Jessica led her students to a 23 percentage point increase on state performance assessments; as an Assistant School Leader, she helped shape the new KIPP Columbus High School; and in her current role as the Director of KIPP Through College, Jessica ensures that all of her students can access the college and career opportunities that will enable them to lead choice-filled lives. Alumni of the KIPP Through College program she manages graduate high school at twice the rate of students in the local district, and matriculate to college at four times the rate of low-income students nationally.

Jessica earned her B.A. from Smith College and her M.S.Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania. She and her wife live in Clintonville with their boisterous rescue dog and two lazy cats.