Jessica Bearden pursued her interest in U.S. history during her college years at TCU, where she had an internship at a colonial era library with extensive exposure to founding era documents. She spent part of her senior year serving as a legislative aide in Austin. After graduating with honors, she followed her love for adventure across the world to an international school near Seoul, South Korea. She taught American History, Government and Economics for two years while living abroad. She used the time to build friendships in many countries. Jessica's most notable travels include hiking the Great Wall of China, spending the holidays with friends in South Africa, living off the grid with nomads in Mongolia, and swimming with elephants at an animal rescue center in Thailand. Most recently, she took a year off teaching to pursue a mission trip in Urubamba, Peru alongside a local host family. Jessica enjoys travel because it gives her the opportunity to see the world with new eyes. In her experience teaching with IB, she identifies with the inquiry-based approach to learning. She considers herself a lifelong learner and loves the opportunity to share her love of history and adventure with students. She is certified in social studies 7-12 and has over three years of experience in her field.