Jenica Biggs was born in Orange, California and grew up in Riverside. She moved to Los Angeles after obtaining her undergraduate degree from UCR (B.A. in history, double minor in English and anthropology) and spending an academic year abroad in Exeter, England. She also holds a M.Ed. in Secondary Education and a teaching credential in English, History, and Special Education.
This is her fifth year at New West Charter School, having taught 10th grade English for three years, and she is now beginning her second year of resource support for middle school Special Education students. Prior to New West, she taught at Ivy Academia Entrepreneurial Charter School in the West Valley for five years (grades 8-12, English and History, remedial through AP Lit over the span) and was a long-term substitute for LAUSD schools in the Watts and Crenshaw areas for one year. In all, the eclectic settings and course offerings over the last eleven years in education taught her three very important things:
1) English and history are personal passions; however, her life’s work is to help students who struggle.
2) All students, regardless of background, simply want to be seen, heard, and do well for themselves. How they accomplish that can vary (and freak out some adults).
3) All roads lead back to New West! There are many schools, both district and charter, and you won’t find a more dedicated, competent team of teachers and administration than here!
When Jenica is not supporting your kids academically or listening to their drama, she recharges herself by running 5Ks, spending time at the beach, going to live music shows, practicing yoga, hiking, reading books, and writing. She lives with two cats, Hamlet and Loki, and the ocean down the street.