Jen spent most her life in and around the Atlanta area. She earned a B.S. in Early Childhood Education with Minors in Spanish and Psychology from the University of Georgia. Following her studies at UGA, she moved to New Zealand where she taught for a year in a progressive public charter school. There she was trained in student-directed and inquiry-based learning strategies, empowering students of all abilities to take ownership of their educational journeys.
In addition to teaching in New Zealand, she also has experience in HeadStart Preschool, elementary special education, 1:1 academic tutoring, and an internship at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, shadowing the Academic Coordinator to help students with brain injuries transition back into school. She was one of Cloverleaf’s founding teachers and served as the teacher representative on the Cloverleaf Board of Directors from 2012-2015.
Jen made the transition into school leadership as she earned a M.Ed. in Urban Teacher Leadership from Georgia State University. She recently obtained her Ed.S. in Educational Leadership. She is passionate about student and teacher empowerment, school culture and development, and issues of equity and social justice.
At Cloverleaf, Jen has managed operations for the past two school years. She also established a growth-oriented teacher coaching program for instructional improvement, and she led a student-centered learning and assessment initiative to improve student outcomes. She launched a Parent Communication Task Force to design a school communication plan collaboratively with input from key stakeholders. Jen is committed to growing Cloverleaf into one of Atlanta’s top special education schools.
Outside of Cloverleaf, Jen enjoys photography, traveling, rock climbing, yoga, crafty projects, live music, and spending time outdoors with her husband and her dog Ari (who also happens to be our Cloverleaf School Therapy Dog!).