Jessa Ellenburg (BCD 6th grade class of ’90) received her degree in civil engineering at CU and is currently working at 2B Technologies here in Boulder educating students about air pollution through a mobile air pollution monitoring project called GO3 Treks. Jessa loves what she does and credits BCD faculty with nurturing her career path, “With fewer students per class, teachers had the time and energy to pick up on individual talents. I didn’t even know I loved math, or was good at it, until Dr. Kersey picked up on it and fostered it. They were interested in helping students build upon their strengths and helped take their interests to another level.”
“I think being innovative requires shedding your preconceived notions and trying to think in ways that are risky and unconstrained. It is so important if you want to do things that haven’t been done before or to make something better, or more exciting, or easier to use. Many of the things we do have never been done before. We have to think of ways to get students excited about our project, and on the tech side of things – how to post data online, how to have students and teachers from all over the world communicate about their air pollution data, how to develop instrumentation that is easy to use, etc.
I remember all my time there very fondly. I felt comfortable and happy. The teachers really cared about every student. I thrived there! “