Degrees and Certifications:

Jessica Barnum

AMS Reading Specialist
(970) 925-3760 ext. 2347

Hello! My name is Jess. I am honored to be part of Team AMS as a Reading Specialist. 

I was born in Maryland and grew up in Connecticut and Vermont. I received my BA in English and Secondary Education from Roger Williams University and my Masters of Science in Education and Reading Specialist CAGS degree from the University of New England. I have 26 years of experience teaching middle and high school English/LA/Reading/Wellness.

I also have a coaching and tutoring business. I am a tutor (Gr. 5-12), wellness coach, bike coach, intuitive art practitioner, yoga instructor, Reiki teacher/Animal Reiki practitioner and writer/author. 

I moved to Carbondale, Colorado three years ago to be with my now husband and his two children (who attend AHS). We synchronously met at the Chicago O’Hare Airport – ah, ‘tis love! 

I LOVE poetry, reading, writing and the outdoors - biking of all kinds, hiking, skiing of all kinds, snowboarding, yoga in the wilderness and traveling (always with my bikes). 

My favorite books are ... well, the list would be from here to the moon, so I'll list a few timeless books that inspired me when I was in middle school and that I love teaching:

The Bridge To Terabithia
My Side of the Mountain
Where the Red Fern Grows
Number the Stars
The Outsiders

ALL the Dear America books

I LOVE the inspiration of learning side by side with others. Thank you to all students, parents, colleagues and community members near and far for teaching me how to be my best so I can help you be your best. Ah, reciprocity is an epic poem! Here we go … :)