Dr. Jessica Hall

Senior Research Associate

Jessica Hall, Ph.D., is a senior research associate at the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET). Prior to joining NIET, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Arizona. Jessica received grants from the National Institutes of Health for her research on learning in individuals with language disorders. She began her career as a high school English teacher in Ocala, Florida. Jessica earned her Ph.D. in communication sciences and disorders and her Master of Arts in linguistics from the University of Iowa.


Dr.  Jessica  Hall

What was your favorite subject in school?

My favorite subject in school (and the one that I taught) was English. I think that critical thinking skills are developed hand in hand with learning to read and write proficiently. Someone else said it better: "Writing is thinking." I loved getting to know my students and my classmates on a different level through their reactions to what we had read. Nowadays my favorite subject is science, but I didn't develop that passion until graduate school.

What do you do in your free time?

In my free time I try to spend as much time as possible outdoors, preferably on a hiking trail.