Jessica Wodatch is a founder and Executive Director of Two Rivers Public Charter School, one of the highest performing and most in-demand charter schools in Washington, DC. Two Rivers is an EL Education school that serves about 750 students in preschool – 8th grade over two campuses. Two Rivers’ nationally recognized, high-quality professional development was featured in the book "Data Wise in Action," and its excellent teaching staff and deeper learning model were recently celebrated in the Education Week article, "Is Intellectual Courage the Key to Great Teaching?"
Prior to becoming the founding principal at Two Rivers, Jessica served as a school leader at two special education schools in DC as well as a researcher with Policy Studies Associates. She began her career as a third grade teacher in the Bronx through Teach for America, where she discovered her love of teaching writing. Jessica serves on the Boards of Friends of Choice in Urban Schools (FOCUS) and the Alliance of Securities and Financial Educators (ASAFE). She was appointed by the Mayor to serve on the Mayor’s Bullying Prevention Task Force and is a guest lecturer at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business.
Jessica is the author of the Washington Times article, “Rethinking Education with Charter Schools: Choice Leads to Academic Success,” as well as “We Can Prevent Bullying Before it Starts,” (The Washington Blade) and “Educating for Success in Tomorrow’s Economy” (The Current). She holds a BA from Macalester College and a master’s degree in education administration from George Washington University.
Jessica was awarded the Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Scholarship in 2012 and was named a finalist for EL Education’s Silverberg Leadership Award. Selected from a national pool, Jessica is currently a part of small cohort of executive school leaders in Achievement First's Charter Network Accelerator leadership development program.