BA, History, University of Connecticut
MA, Elementary Education, University of Connecticut
Professional Certifications: PreK through 4th and 5th-8th
After earning a master’s degree in education, Jennifer taught 4th and 5th grade in Connecticut, Maryland, and South Carolina before moving to Chattanooga with her family in 2011.
The decision to become a teacher is one Jennifer recalls with clarity. "I was a biology major in college, with plans of a career in medicine, but, one day, I ran into a friend who was inexplicably dressed from head to toe in green. She looked hilarious! She explained that it was “green day” at the school where she was doing her student-teaching experience. Hearing her talk about the activities she had created for her kindergarteners, all centered around the letter “G,” reminded me of all the things I had loved about elementary school. That was it. I just knew in that moment that I wanted to be a teacher.” Fittingly, Jennifer has accumulated a huge collection of costumes over the years, and she is not afraid to wear them to school.
To add to the enrichment opportunities St. Peter’s offers students, Jennifer founded the St. Peter’ Post Office, the Spirit Club, the St. Peter’s General Store and the Science Olympiad Team. Her recent students became locally famous for researching, writing, and self-publishing a 40-page book about Chattanooga's landmarks and defining events. The book, "Hometown History For Kids: Chattanooga," is now used as the textbook for 4th grade's study of Chattanooga's history. “I want 4th grade to be the year when my students begin to see themselves not just as kids, but as kids on a path---their own path--- towards being leaders and role models, in and out of the classroom.”
Jennifer shares a love of adventure with her husband, Jack, an emergency room physician, and their children Xander, Ryker, and Rhiannon. Ryker and Rhiannon are both St. Peter’s graduates. Xander is currently a student in the Honors College at the University of South Carolina. Ryker is a senior, and Rhiannon, a sophomore, at the Baylor School.