Jen graduated from the University of Georgia in 2008 with a BS in Early Childhood Education and a Minor in Spanish. 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. She has written about what these strategies can look like and how well they can work in one of her blog entries, entitled The “I Don’t Know” Zone.
As part of the school curriculum, she taught “Passions, Interests, and Needs” (PINs) workshops ranging from photography, to rock climbing, to Spanish, to writing remediation. Her teaching experiences in the US include HeadStart Preschool, elementary special education, and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta academic tutoring for students with brain injuries. Jen is trained in Handwriting Without Tears, Singapore Math, Technology Bridges, and Project WILD. Outside the classroom she enjoys photography, traveling, rock climbing, yoga, crafty projects, live music, and spending time outdoors.
She also leads our After School program, and her dog, Ari, works with the children to help them develop empathy and “reading” cues. They make a powerful duo, leading our kids on adventures and facilitating some really fun play.