M.A., Early Childhood Education
B.A., English, Westmont College
Special Education licensure, University of Colorado
Jennifer is the parent of a young adult son with Asperger Syndrome, a proud member of TGS’ first graduating class who is now attending Knox College. Since 1998, she has devoted intensive time and study to understanding the Asperger learning style, and was excited to contribute to the founding of Temple Grandin School in 2011. Jennifer’s passion for creating dynamic, supportive learning communities spans a wide variety of ages and settings, from preschool to high school. Prior to TGS, she has worked as a special educator, preschool teacher, freelance writer, and curriculum development specialist. Through the years, she has benefited from the guidance of skilled mentors—an experience she hopes to share with the students of TGS as they grow from their strengths.
At TGS, Jennifer is a resource to staff, students and families. She supports all members of the administrative team as we work together to develop and document responsive school-wide and individual programming. As Executive Director, Jennifer guides TGS’ collaboration with community partners for research, current program planning, and future organizational development. In addition to her work at TGS, Jennifer supervises student teachers in special education, and is a frequent guest lecturer on autism and parenting topics.