Sep 12

Cloverleaf Staff Spotlight: Jennifer Selzer

A large part of what makes Cloverleaf so unique is the individuals who make up the whole. We have an incredibly dedicated, inventive staff– some who have been with us since the beginning and some who are thrilled to be coming aboard this year. Our blogs often give you an inside look at the inner workings of Cloverleaf, and since our people are such an integrated part of that, we asked them to share a bit of themselves with you, too! So, we came up with five questions that we hope reveal some fun and intriguing facts about each of our staff members.

To kick off the first in our new Cloverleaf Staff Spotlight series, we want to introduce you to a new face this year: Ms. Jennifer! You can find her bio here, and a picture of her with her game face on below.

Selzer kid1. Growing up, did you enjoy school?

Yes, I very much enjoyed school. Math always came easy to me, while I struggled more with Language Arts. I believe struggling with Language Arts ultimately made me become a better teacher in the subject area. I understand the need to present information in different ways and can relate more easily when students question the material. I also don’t recall every being taught phonics. I have extremely enjoyed learning phonics through teacher trainings and was surprised to learn how much spoken and written English makes sense, when you simply understand the patterns and exceptions of the language. Surprisingly, high school was my favorite stage of schooling. I’ve played tennis since I was five, and chose to go to a school outside of my district specifically to play for their tennis team. I lettered in varsity tennis my freshman year and we won the 5A state championship my junior year.  I later went on to be a certified tennis coach and participated in the work program my senior year, coaching tennis to kids ages 4-18 at a local community park.

2. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

An archeologist. I loved playing outside and in the dirt!

3. What is the most significant lesson your work life has taught you?

It’s important to take the time and acknowledge all of the little successes students, parents, and teachers accomplish everyday. Progress, on any scale, is worth celebrating. Identifying what we can be proud of in ourselves and others on a daily basis, encourages positive self-image and the development of healthy habits. 

4. What are you proudest of?

I am most proud of my family. While we are far from perfect, they have taught me the meaning of acceptance and unconditional love.

5. Your six-word memoir- go!

We are all children at heart!

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Sep 07

Grandparents Day: Ms. Jen Remembers Her Nanny

Today is Grandparents Day. Unfortunately, my grandparents passed before I was born, so I never really got to experience what it was like to have one in my life. So, while I personally do not have anything to contribute, I wanted to acknowledge and honor this day because of the incredible impact I see so many grandparents making in the lives of children I know– my students, my neighbors, and my own children. So, to do this day justice, I asked our very own Ms. Jen to write about her Nanny. Never have I been more touched by the stories of a grandmother and her granddaughter than by the ones Jen has shared with me. Her memories are warm and the love between them palpable. Thank you, Ms. Jen, for sharing with all of us today, and to all the grandparents out there, thank you for the difference you make in our children’s lives.

Jen Nanny

This grandparents day, I’m remembering and honoring my grandmother (“Nanny”), one of the most influential women I ever had the privilege to know. She was one of my first teachers– she kept me while my parents worked when I was too little to go to school yet. We’d sing country songs together, paint ceramics, and chat on the porch swing. She was a woman of many talents; she kept herself busy with sewing, ceramic-making, hair styling, and constant projects around the house. When it came to her cooking, no one could turn down a country-style home-cooked meal, always complete with a buttered biscuit on the side (a recipe I thankfully inherited). My brother, cousins and I still reminisce about her hilarious accent, from “worshing” dishes, to picking “scup’nins” (scuppernong grapes), to watching her “programs” (a.k.a. soap operas), to exclaiming “oh foot!” (the closest thing to an expletive that you’d ever hear her mutter). She was always thinking of us grandkids. She would send us letters or surprises in the mail, even though we lived nearby, just because she knew what a kick we got out of receiving mail. She continued that tradition all the way through my first years of college before she got sick. My Nanny was the kind of person who didn’t have much, but never let anybody leave her house empty-handed. She had a generous spirit, always putting others first. Even visiting her in the hospital as she battled cancer, I remember her asking me if I was hungry or if I needed anything (really, me?!). She loved us grandbabies with all her might, teaching us by example what love is all about. I still wear one of her rings that she gave me. It reminds me of her– her selflessness, her deep love, and the impact that her life had on mine.


Here’s to all the Nannies out there and all the lives that they touch. Happy Grandparents Day!


-Ms. Jen

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Sep 01

Read a Book Day: What’s on Your Shelf, Cloverleaf?

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This Saturday September 6 is Read a Book Day, so we asked Cloverleaf teachers and staff 3 tough questions to find out which titles have stood out to them over the years. Happy reading!

Most Memorable Book from Childhood3 Classroom BooksAll Time Favorite

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