Jessie Ann Wellington
Naturalista of the Week

Who is Jessie-Ann Wellington?

Jessie Ann Wellington, 25, is a preschool teacher in New York City. She is currently working on a business which takes learning out of the classroom and brings it home in a fun and exciting way. Jessie Ann is a firm believer that learning starts at home. 

Born on the beautiful twin islands of Trinidad and Tobago, Jessie Ann is half black and half Indian.

She graduated from Brooklyn College with a B.A. in Early Childhood Education last spring and is planning to pursue a master’s degree in Early Childhood and Early Intervention at her alma mater next spring. 

Every day she wakes up, she chooses to make a difference in the lives of children in her care. Her aim is to be a kind and loving teacher to every child she comes across, whether it's a child in her classroom or a child she meets on her morning commute. 

Before working as a teacher, she served as an AmeriCorps member through The After-School Corporation providing over 700 hundred hours of service to Brooklyn schoolchildren. She served as a role model, helped them with homework and planned extracurricular activities and service learning projects. 

Her personal mission statement is: “Love everyone! No matter what! Loving people is easy when they are nice but loving people when they are difficult isn’t. Life is all about choices, so I choose love.”

How long have you been natural?

I did my big chop on April 6, 2013. Approximately a year and 7 months. 

Why did you decide to go natural?

I decided to go natural because I missed my natural hair texture. I had a relaxer for about 5 years. Each time I relaxed my hair, the burns were unbearable. 

What is your fave styling product?

My favorite products for the moment are As I Am Leave-In Conditioner, As I Am coconut Co-wash and Doo Gro Mega Thick Intense Repair treatment. I also LOVE grapeseed oil. I mix some into my leave-in conditioner. 

What is your fave natural hairstyle?

I love buns. Lately, I will pull half of my hair in a bun and leave half of it out. 

- Week of Nov. 9, 2014

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