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Short Bio

Jessica is an experienced science educator and an award-winning author of books for students and teachers. Her titles include Notable Notebooks: Scientists and Their Writings, Exemplary Evidence: Scientists and Their Drawings, and Science Notebooks in Student-Centered Classrooms. Learn more at her website, www.jessicafriesgaither.com and follow her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/jfriesgaither and on Twitter and Instagram at @JessicaFGWrites. 

Children's Literature-Focused Bio

Jessica Fries-Gaither is an award-winning author of books for children and teachers. Her writing introduces readers to the wonder of the natural world and the work of scientists, past and present.

 

Her first children's book, Notable Notebooks: Scientists and Their Writings, was named an Outstanding Science Trade Book for Students K-12 by NSTA and the Children's Book Council and was read aboard the International Space Station by astronaut Joseph Acaba as part of the Story Time From Space program. Exemplary Evidence: Scientists and Their Data, her second title, was also named an Outstanding Science Trade Book for Students K-12. Her third picture book, Nature’s Rule Breakers: Creatures That Don’t Fit In, will be published by Millbrook Press in Fall 2023. She is represented by Tricia Lawrence at Erin Murphy Literary Agency. Learn more at her website, www.jessicafriesgaither.com and follow her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/jfriesgaitherand on Twitter and Instagram at @JessicaFGWrites.

 

Jessica holds bachelor's degrees in Biological Sciences (B.S.) and Anthropology (B.A.) and a Master's in Education (M.Ed.) from the University of Notre Dame (Go Irish!). In addition to writing, she is the Science Department Chair and Lower School Science Specialist at Columbus School for Girls. She lives in Columbus, OH with her husband and four lovable but rambunctious dogs. She also enjoys reading, cooking and baking, and spending time outside. 

Science Education-Focused Bio

Jessica is an experienced science educator and an award-winning author of books for students and teachers. Her 20+ year teaching career spans elementary school through middle school science and math, three states, and Catholic, public, and independent schools. Additionally, she spent five years in the College of Education and Human Ecology, School of Teaching and Learning at The Ohio State University where she directed NSF-funded projects and provided professional development for elementary and middle school teachers. She is currently the Science Department Chair and Lower School Science Specialist at the Columbus School for Girls in Columbus, OH. 

Jessica has published several books with the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) Press, is a reviewer for NSTA's elementary journal, Science and Children, and has served on several NSTA advisory boards. She presents at local, regional, and national conferences and has taught preservice elementary science and social studies methods in Notre Dame's Alliance for Catholic Education program.

In addition to writing for science teachers, Jessica writes for children as well. She is represented by Tricia Lawrence at Erin Murphy Literary Agency. Learn more at her website, www.jessicafriesgaither.com and follow her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/jfriesgaitherand on Twitter and Instagram at @JessicaFGWrites.

 

Jessica and her husband live in Columbus, OH with their four dogs. She also enjoys reading, cooking and baking, and spending time outside.