Jenny’s educational background reflects her interest in and appreciation of natural systems and the role that humans play in those systems. She graduated from Webster University with a degree in Biology and then attended Bard College, where she earned a master’s degree in Environmental Studies. For her thesis project, she conducted original field research on an invasive prairie plant…and spent many glorious hours in a prairie!
Following in the footsteps of her mother (a gifted and dedicated Reggio-trained educator), Jenny began teaching at TSMSOC in 2002. She was inspired by the school’s philosophy and educational approach and embraced her role as a science educator. To this day, she loves to share her passion for scientific discovery and the natural world with her students. She believes that children are born with a strong sense of wonder and curiosity about their world and that a dynamic, authentic, fun approach to science education can help them to build on their natural aptitudes and develop more advanced scientific understanding and skills.
Jenny is dedicated to her work as an innovative educator and seeks opportunities to grow in her profession. She has attended many educational workshops and conferences, has presented to parents and educators, has served as a member of an accreditation team for another independent school, and was a finalist for the 2009 Loeb Prize for Excellence in Teaching Science and Mathematics. She has a special interest in nature education, place-based learning, and sustainability. Jenny is enriched and motivated by her collaborations with her co-teachers as well as with outside community partners.
Jenny lives with her husband, Sean, their daughter, Harper, who attends TSMSOC, and their beloved pets. Her favorite pastimes include hiking, gardening, camping, reading, and yoga. She has gratefully practiced yoga for many years and recently earned her 200 hour teaching certification. She considers yoga and time in nature to be essential elements of her life!