Jessica Lander is a teacher and writer living in Cambridge MA. Over the past six years, she has taught students in middle grade, high school and university in the United States, Thailand and Cambodia. Jessica has worked extensively with English language learners, teaching English, history, and civics. In 2016, she was awarded the Richard Aieta Award for Promising Young Teacher in Social Studies by the Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies. She currently serves as a member of the Teacher Advisory Cabinet of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. She earned her A.B. in Anthropology from Princeton University and her Ed.M. in Education Policy and Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. As a freelance journalist, she writes monthly Op-Eds about teaching and education for the Boston Globe and for the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Usable Knowledge website. She is the author of Driving Backwards, an award winning nonfiction portrait of a small town in New Hampshire.