Originally from Wynnewood, PA, Jessica received her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with a focus on Engineering Education from Tufts University in 2013. She is now pursuing her M.S. in M.E. at Tufts, while managing the CEEO's largest engineering outreach effort, the Student Teacher Outreach Mentorship Program.
Dr. Spencer is a Research Associate at the Center for Engineering Education and Outreach at Tufts University. Her area of expertise is reading and writing instruction, particularly in the content areas and in project-based learning contexts. Her current research focuses on the effects of text-based engineering units on reading comprehension and oral argumentation. She is particularly interested in how interactive, hand-on learning environments can support literacy development among students with reading disabilities.