Jessica Buchanan is the Director of Curriculum and Instruction for grades K-2 at Akili Academy. Before becoming the Director of Curriculum and Instruction in 2012, Jessica spent six years in the classroom. She began her teaching career as a Teach for America corps member in St. Louis in 2006. After completing her two-year commitment, she returned to Louisiana to be closer to LSU football, crawfish, and most importantly, family. She spent two years teaching at KIPP McDonogh 15 before moving to Akili Academy in 2010. Jessica loves her job because she has the opportunity to develop and coach teachers, and she also loves building relationships with teachers, families, and students.