Jessica Boyle

Sloan Awards for Excellence in Teaching Science and Mathematics • 2024

Title and Organization Biology, Living Environment, Anatomy & Physiology, Forensic Anthropology, Knowledge and Power Preparatory Academy International High School (KAPPA)


Jessica Boyle was born and raised in Rockland County, New York. She did not feel particularly challenged in school, however, after attending a lecture by Jane Goodall, Ms. Boyle became hooked on physical anthropology. She then devoted herself to her studies, taking courses in osteology, human genetics, and archaeology – even participating at a dig site in Illinois during her summers. During her summers, she participated at a dig site in Illinois. Ms. Boyle’s passion for osteology led her to pursue a Master’s degree in Anthropology at NYU, where she completed internships with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) for New York City and as an anthropological consultant with NYU’s College of Dentistry. In 2006 Ms. Boyle entered the classroom as a science education teacher where she taught Biology, Earth Science, Forensic Anthropology, Anatomy & Physiology and introduced a Human Biology & Disease After School program. In 2013, she was hired by Knowledge and Power Preparatory Academy, where she has remained a member of the Instructional Leadership Team, Chair of the Science Department, a Model Teacher, and served as a mentor with Mentoring in Medicine to help underrepresented students enter the medical field. Her classroom is student-led and focuses on hands-on assignments that ignite curiosity. Students act as detectives as they examine human cardiovascular systems, diseases, and scientific investigations. Moreover, Ms. Boyle uses real-life examples, such as the Flint Water crisis, to ensure that students understand the importance of their classroom work. Ms. Boyle fosters scientific curiosity by creating a world of critical thinking, rigor, and experimentation that prepares students for college and career readiness.