Jessica Neely

Jessica, an Oakland native, joined KQED in 2004 for the early stages of QUEST. She has always had a passion for science and holds a Bachelors of Science in Evolution and Ecology from UC Davis. After a stint in the education department at the Sacramento Zoo, she fell in love with science education and completed a single subject teaching credential in Biology and General Science at Mills College. She taught high school science at San Lorenzo High School where she served as Science Department Chair. In addition to working on QUEST, Jessica ran the national educational outreach for the first season of Jean Michel Cousteau: Ocean Adventures. Jessica currently supports KQED Education and QUEST remotely from her home in Oregon.

Form Your Team Now for the 2010-2011 QUEST Science Education Institute

Come join us at the 2010-2011 QUEST Science Education Institute. QUEST is gearing up for the 2010-2011 Science Education Institute, a professional development opportunity for educators designed to support multimedia integration in middle and high school science programs! We seek to work directly with teams of Bay Area teachers and informal educators dedicated to enhancing … Continue reading Form Your Team Now for the 2010-2011 QUEST Science Education Institute →


5 Things You Can Do to Help Science Education in the Bay Area

There are, of course, countless ways for concerned citizens to pitch in. As a former high school science teacher the five suggestions below are my personal recommendations - resources I wish I had known about when I was teaching and things I now give as someone who cares about students' understanding of science.

Bay Area Teachers Make Plans with QUEST

What is the most compelling reason to use QUEST resources in the science classroom? "They are local", "I can download them", and "short is good." These are a few of the quick responses given by science educators attending QUEST's first 2-day institutes this summer.

Never Used a Pooter?

As the winter drags on, I often think fondly of a chilly Saturday in December where I found myself in a small alleyway in San Francisco trying to suck elusive ants into a rubber tube called a pooter. What was the point of this seemingly silly endeavor? I was leading a QUEST educator training with … Continue reading Never Used a Pooter? →