Teacher/Instructional Strategies Coach
St. George’s School
EDST Degree/s and graduation year/s
Society, Culture and Politics in Education (SCPE)
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Jennifer is currently an English Teacher and Instructional Strategies Coach, which enables her to support both youth and adults in their learning, and she has been working in B.C. secondary schools since 2014. Her Master’s research amplified her desire to understand teachers’ perspectives about schools and instructional practices, and she works to facilitate opportunities for teachers to contribute to professional development and share their own learning and passions with other teachers to foster community growth within schools. Jennifer completed her Bachelor of Arts in English and French and obtained her teaching certificate at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas while playing NCAA Division I soccer. In her internships in high schools in southeast Texas, she came to understand the economic disparities that impact schools and, therefore, students’ learning experiences; furthermore, she recognized how state test scores were often a poor indicator of the educational achievement and experience of students. This understanding led to her Master’s research idea because she wanted to focus on teachers’ perceptions of student achievement based on classroom experiences and to highlight how the structures and cultures of schools can actually impact teachers and students. In addition to her Master’s thesis, she has a published book chapter in Guided Inquiry Design® in Action and ghost-wrote A Guide to Success with Math: The Interactive Approach to Understanding and Teaching Math. She was a Klingenstein Summer Fellow (Teacher’s College at Columbia University) in 2017. In her spare time, she can be found playing or coaching soccer.