Jessica Selleck

Jessica Selleck, a Buffalo transplant, is pursuing a PhD in foreign and second language education at the University at Buffalo. After moving around for over a decade, Selleck landed in Buffalo to pursue a career as a K-12 educator in Buffalo Public Schools. Prior to starting her career in education, Selleck attending Emory University, and she later pursued her master’s degree in TESOL from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Afterwards, she taught both in Turkey at Bursa Technical University, and in Khujand, Tajikistan as an English Language Fellow. When she returned to the United States, she entered Buffalo as a Teach for America Corps member, where she also pursued a second master’s in adolescent urban education at Canisius College. Since then, Selleck has been working in the Western New York community with youth as an ENL teacher and foster parent.

As a PhD candidate, Selleck is interested in pursuing research on the intersections of social emotional competencies, relationships, and teacher education. In addition, in her personal life Selleck is an active foster youth advocate and has fostered teenage youth for the past two years. She believes there is a link between many of the societal inequities in our community; and that through enhanced teacher education, youth will be empowered to transform our community. Selleck looks forward to completing her PhD and collaborating with local organizations to create innovative practices that will revolutionize the future of teacher education.