Jennifer was born in Seattle, Washington; however, she spent most of her childhood in the Alpharetta area of Georgia. After graduating from Kennesaw State University with a B.S. in Early Childhood Education, she received her certification in special education and is currently working on her M.Ed. in Instructional Technology.
Traveling abroad to Guatemala is what first incited Jennifer’s love for teaching. While there, she worked with a team to provide educational infrastructure and tools to teach 600 village children, while also providing clothing and housing to the local community. Through this experience, Jennifer discovered the joy of providing a learning environment, but also the vital need for children to have the necessary tools to learn.
Jennifer expanded upon her experiences by taking an opportunity to teach in Trinidad and Tobago while finishing her undergraduate degree. Shadowing local teachers at multiple schools, Jennifer was able to further develop her knowledge and experience working with diverse learners. It was here that she fell in love with teaching children with special needs.
Upon completing her undergraduate studies, Jennifer began working in the public school setting in Marietta City Schools as a K-2nd Special Education Lead Teacher. During the past five years, she conducted several school technology workshops and continues to regularly integrate technology into her classroom. Jennifer firmly believe that technology can be utilized as a tool to help diverse learners achieve success in the classroom and vastly improves how children prepare for a future in the 21st Century.
In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys nothing more than spending time with her family, learning about technology, being outdoors or reading a good book. She just finished The One and Only Ivan and is always looking for new books she can either share with her students or her friends. She currently lives in the Marietta area with her Golden Retriever named Diesel and her husband Warren, who is a 6th grade teacher and shares her love for education.