My name is Jessica Rickard, and I serve Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa as Operations Manager at our Waterloo location. I was raised in Ames, Iowa - Go Cyclones! - and moved to the Cedar Valley after graduating high school. In my mid-twenties I moved to the Front Range of Colorado. After almost 9 years in the mountains, I missed the green fields and small towns of Iowa so much that I decided was time to come home. I've been with the Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa team since 2016 and love working for an organization that helps prepare area students for their amazing futures.
Part of My Job: I always wanted to be a teacher, so spending time with the students in their classrooms is almost a dream come true! Plus, the experiences I've had in the classroom really help to drive home how instrumental the Junior Achievement mission is in improving the lives of our kids. I also really enjoy spending time with everyone on our team, particularly the other members of the morning coffee club, in such an upbeat and enthusiastic working environment.
Spot in Eastern Iowa: My house. It's cozy and all my favorite people, animals, and things are there.
Quote: "You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream." CS Lewis
Things to do after 5 PM: Usually walking the dog before having dinner with my family.