Kindergarten Teacher, Holly Academy
Jen has dedicated nearly 30 years of her life to transforming education for young children - 21 of which she has spent as a kindergarten teacher at Holly Academy. Her vibrant personality, unmatched memory and kind heart have made her a leader not only in her classroom, but in the school. When she's not uncovering new, innovative teaching strategies for the kids, you can find Jen organizing local and global giving projects - whether it's raising money for the humane society in town or adopting a polar bear in the arctic - all with one purpose: show our youngest learners that you can ALWAYS give back, and be a leader. Her ability to forge lasting relationships with coworkers, parents and students is unmatched - it's one of many reasons that Jen is a THREE TIME Michigan Charter School Teacher of the Year finalist. Her fellow educators note that Jen is one of those teachers who not just embodies their school values, but truly is part of the foundation of the school. 2020 AOY finalist Jeremy Brown, whose three kids all had Jen in kindergarten, notes that he built his relational approach with students in part by observing Jen.