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Rustler Spotlight: Jessica Peden

April 3, 2020

portrait of Jessica Peden

Jessica Peden is a sophomore studying elementary education. 

“I have always loved working with children and wanted to continue my education to become a teacher,” Peden said

She chose CWC because it is close to home for the Riverton resident. Peden who has a family and a full-time job knew CWC was a good fit for her. After she graduates she will attend Valley City State University to earn a bachelor’s degree in elementary education.


I would like to be a teacher in the lower elementary grades. ”

Jessica Peden

Peden is currently a substitute teacher and recently received a job offer at Aspen Early Learning Center as a para for kindergarten.

In her free time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, going to the lake, camping and just hanging out with people visiting. 

Peden was nominated by her professor Colleen Bartlett, associate professor of education.

“Jess is graduating this spring with her degree in elementary education,” Bartlett said. “She already has experience working in the school district so she has been a really good resource for her peers about what that is like. She has been taking classes and working at the same time. She has been attending classes part time and has always remained positive and focused on her goal of graduating. I have enjoyed having Jess in my classes and I am really proud of her for completing her degree.”