Jessica Castleberry instructed preschoolers for over a decade before opening Little Nest Preschool in 2010. Jessica has also taught many specialized art, music, dance, yoga, and drama classes for preschoolers for organizations such as the Dahl Arts Center, Black Hills Community Theatre, the Academy of Dance Arts, Meadowlark Productions, Storybook Island Children's Theatre, and the Rapid City and Douglas School Systems, among others. Jessica is an early childhood education conference presenter, author of two books, numerous articles on parenting and education, preschool music songwriter, and an advocate for early childhood education for the state of South Dakota.
In addition to her National Child Development Associate credential, Jessica also holds a Director Certificate, and is a graduate of the 2015 Women in Leadership series from Black Hills State University.
Jessica has a commitment to the community of Rapid City. She serves as the treasurer for the Women's Network of Rapid City, is on the Ambassador Committee for the Rapid City Chamber of Commerce, and is a member of the South Dakota Association of Child Care Directors and is the head of the committee for the Rapid City Early Childhood Educator of the Year.
Jessica is dedicated to mentorship, professional recognition for early childhood educators, and raising the bar for early childhood education in the state of South Dakota. She is the blog author for Early Education Plantation, a blog community providing resources, dialogue, and connectivity for those interested and invested in the Early Childhood Education environment in South Dakota. Subscribe to receive weekly blog updates, free Ebooks, and access to exclusive podcasts. Comment. Connect. Cultivate change.