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Devese Peace-Branch

Portsmouth Public Schools, VA
Teacher/Science Department Chair & Curriculum Writer
Portsmouth, VA

Devese Peace-Branch is an 8th Grade Physical Science teacher and has been an educator for 5 years in the Portsmouth Public Schools district in Portsmouth, VA. Devese majored in Chemistry and Interdisciplinary Studies and is a graduate of Norfolk State University. At Churchland Middle, she serves as Science Department Chair and in the district she is a member of the Middle School Science Curriculum Writing Team and the Textbook Adoption Committee. She was honored to be named Middle School Teacher of the Year 2019-2020 for PPS. Devese has used the JASON curriculum for 5 years and has experienced first-hand, the transformative power of the lessons for students and teachers alike. Devese's experience as a JASON Teacher Argonaut on the Design Thinking Expedition was life altering and gave her another level of inspiration to ensure her students have access to all the world of science has to offer. To meet the needs of diverse socioeconomic backgrounds, she has used JASON to expose her students to the possibilities of STEM as career paths, or for the sheer enjoyment exploration brings. JASON has provided Devese with a relatable and accessible platform, closely akin to her teaching style. This marriage has made technology an equitable experience in her classroom. 

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