JParkerORDcampheadshotJessica Parker is the Director of Teaching and Learning at the Exploratorium. With 12+ years teaching in higher education and secondary classrooms, Jessica has a passion for STEM education, extensive experience in supporting professional learning networks, and expertise in digital media and learning, maker education, educational technology, and new literacy studies.

She co-founded the Maker Certificate Program at Sonoma State University, where she was previously Chair and an Associate Professor in the Curriculum Studies and Secondary Education department. She is the author of Teaching Tech-Savvy Kids: Bringing Digital Media into the Classroom. Jessica completed her undergraduate and graduate work at the University of California, Berkeley; she has a BA in Mass Communication and a MA and a PhD in Education. With two young children, she is currently inspired by Legos, treasure hunts, the card game Crazy Eights, and, of course, the Exploratorium’s Sun Painting.


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