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Jessica Reeve

I was raised in France the first 15 years of my life by my French mother and American father.  Once I started high school, my parents decided they wanted to give me a choice of education and moved my siblings and me to the United States so we could eventually decide where we wanted to go to college and live.  Experiencing both styles of education and struggling in a new culture helped develop my interest in helping struggling youths.  I found that a teacher can make a big difference in someone’s life, as one did for me.


After graduating from California State University of Sacramento with a masters in Special Education, I taught special education for 5 years in a middle school in an at risk, low income area of Sacramento.  After our fourth child was born, my husband and I decided to move to Durango, where my husband had grown up and to raise our children.  Since we’ve moved to Durango, I have taught 6 years at Durango High School in a program that helped students who struggled with emotional issues and mental illness and this is my third year at Big Picture high school.  Working at Big Picture and in that program have been the most rewarding years of my career.  Seeing the strength these teenagers have to overcome their issues and pursue their education despite what curve ball life threw their way is so inspirational!  I also deeply value Big Picture’s culture of excellence and small school environment where all students are welcomed and allowed to shine in their own respective ways.  


In my spare time, I enjoy the Durango life with my family.  We love to backpack, hike, camp, ski, mountain bike, run, rock climb, travel and simply watch movies as a family and hang.