With a belief that students learn best when feel they are actively working on real life problems Jade Polizzi’s teaching is primarily about service learning. An alumnus of the Environmental Design Program, Jade has been teaching in the Environmental Design Program since 2002. Before attending graduate school Jade served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member where she had the job of assistant project manager with Habitat for Humanity, it was then that Jade discovered her talent for teaching and her dedication to affordable housing. Jade’s devotion is running design-build classes where she teaches students to produce projects that provide a need to a local or regional community partner. Jade’s research is focused on building tectonics and student confidence.