Jesella is passionate about utilizing culturally-responsible education practices to empower communities. She believes that by building capacity and increasing engagement in local initiatives, we can achieve larger-scale social impact.. Jesella received her B.A. from Cornell University in 2013, and her Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School or Education in 2018. As a child, Jesella loved to read anything she could get her hands on. Her favorite book as a child was the family dictionary, which she was known to carry and read around the house, enthralled by all the new words!