Jessica Millen is a Notre Dame graduate excited to return to the University as Operations Coordinator for the ESTEEM Graduate Program.
Jessica received a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Notre Dame in 2013. As an undergraduate she was very involved in dorm life, playing many interhall sports and serving Ryan Hall as a Resident Assistant. Jessica also received a Citation of Merit Award from the Office of Student Affairs for her work in contributing to Notre Dame's residential mission. In addition, Jessica was a founding officer of EduClub, an education club on campus working to expand student understanding of contemporary educational issues.
After graduation, her interest in education led her to teach 3rd grade in the city of New Orleans with Teach For America. Jessica wrote about her experience with the program and was published in the book, Teach For America Counter-Narratives: Alumni Speak Up and Speak Out (Peter Lang, 2015). Next, she spent several years teaching preschool and kindergarten students in a child-centered classroom in South Bend, creating engaging curriculum and writing a daily blog to inform families of student learning.
Jessica has also worked at a local New Orleans law firm and as an organizer for the All IN 4 Pre-K campaign, advocating for increased access to high quality pre-K in the state of Indiana. She is excited to join the ESTEEM staff, work with students in higher education, and learn more about entrepreneurship, innovation, and technology.
In her free time, Jessica enjoys crafting of all kinds (crocheting, scrapbooking, etc.), working out, and spending time with friends and family.