Jessica’s Story

Jessica West

Health Sciences Teacher

Education  |  Health Sciences

Jessica’s Story

Jessica West is a health sciences teacher at Henley High School in Klamath Falls, Oregon. She shines a light for curious students on career paths in the health field. But beyond exploring different medical occupations, West imparts her students with a sense of communal responsibility. “I want them to know how to treat people. I want them to be good husbands and wives and brothers and sisters and sons and daughters.”

It’s not just a 9-to-5 job for West. She’s emotionally invested in her students’ success after they leave the classroom. That’s one of the things she loves most about teaching: connecting with students on a deeper level. 

West’s career trajectory was never a straight line. Like so many others, she changed her major a few times in college — from studying dental hygiene to nursing, to finally specializing in mammography. But when she was offered a teaching job after bumping into her old anatomy and physiology teacher at the store, she took a career leap, inspired by the teachers that shaped her education. 

Beyond school, West loves doing anything in the outdoors. She also loves living in a small town where everyone knows each other and community ties are strong.

Teaching is not a nine-to-five job. You don’t just leave it at the door. You can’t if you’re emotionally invested in your students. You sometimes lose sleep over it. You worry about them like you would worry about your own family.

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