Jerde, Jess
4th Grade Skills Teacher & Small Group Instructor


I live in Waconia. I love to hike, bike, and fish. I also coach High School Volleyball at Chaska.

What do you like most about BA?
The kids and families we get to work with.

Why did you get into education?
I am very passionate about education, and I love working with kids.

Which coach or teacher had the biggest impact on your life and why?
My college volleyball coach. He was a great mentor and role model for me throughout my college experience.

What is the best advice you can give to students at BA?
It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.

What are your credentials and teaching experience?
I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Education at Viterbo University. At Minnetonka Explorers club, I worked with students ages 4-5th grade for 3 years. I also taught at Wayzata, working with students with special needs and 1st grade for their summer school program. I have been the 9th-grade volleyball coach for Chaska High School for 4 years.