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Jessica Renee Weiler
Faculty, Program Coordinator at Western Carolina University
Biographical Information

Dr. Jess Weiler is an Associate Professor and Program Director for the Educational Leadership program in the College of Education and Allied Professions at Western Carolina University. She received her bachelor's and master's degrees in communication sciences and disorders from St. Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri. She worked as a speech-language pathologist in both healthcare and educational settings throughout southern California before moving to Wisconsin where she served as a clinical and adjunct instructor at UWMilwaukee in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Following her passion to improve education for students who learn differently, Dr. Weiler earned her doctoral degree in educational leadership and policy analysis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before working at WCU, Dr. Weiler worked as a high school administrator in Western North Carolina. Dr. Weiler continues to work with school leaders--building their capacity to develop, grow, and sustain collaborative learning cultures that center equity and justice. Her research interests include leadership preparation for socially just PK-12 schools, district-wide/systems-level equity-oriented change, and building organizational/district-wide capacity for socially just schools.