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Jess Rooney

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Jess Rooney is the founding school leader of People’s Prep. She developed the vision for People’s Prep during her time as a Newark Charter School Fund founder-in-residence and as part of the nationally-renowned New Leaders for New Schools program. Prior to coming to school leadership, Jess spent four years as a classroom Spanish teacher at New Design High School in Manhattan. Jess holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Women’s Studies from Smith College and a Master of Science degree in Educational Leadership from the City University of New York, Baruch College. When she’s not working on campus with the People’s Prep Wolfpack, Jess can likely be found with her Home Pack including her wife, children, and pitbull, Roda.