Jesse Wilcox, STEM educator of Next Step Adventure

STEM Educator and Pedagogical Engineer

Jesse Wilcox on the Cliffs of Dover in England biology trip

At the Cliffs of Dover in England as part of a History of Biology trip Jesse led.

Jesse Wilcox is a native Iowan. He loves traveling, spending time outdoors, reading non-fiction book, and spending time with friends and family.


Jesse Wilcox and his daughter on the train at Blank Park Zoo

Jesse with his daughter on the train at the Blank Park Zoo.

Jesse is passionate about helping teachers improve their practice.  He uses engaging activities and works to ask effective questions to help teachers see how they can modify their lessons for the benefit of their students.

Joining the Next Step team in 2018, Jesse brings 12 years of experience in STEM education as a high school science teacher and he is currently an assistant professor in STEM education.  He has published numerous papers in STEM education journals, has won awards for teaching excellence, and has served as the Iowa Science Teachers Section Chair.

As Next Step’s STEM educator and pedagogical engineer, Jesse helps design curriculum, writes blogs, and works with teachers on effective STEM teaching practices and using nature to teach STEM.

Jesse Wilcox family

The Wilcox Family