Candidate for the 5th District of the Williamson County School Board
Hi! I'm Jen. I live in District 5 with my husband Dave, my two kids, and our dog and cat. Our children are in 1st and 3rd grade in Williamson County Schools where I've served on the PTO board for 3 years. I taught elementary school for 12 years before starting our own business which we grew from the ground up to the successful company it is today. Once my kids were in school full time and our business was thriving, I went to work for The Arc Tennessee so I could advocate for families and students with disabilities like my son. I have a passion for helping all students succeed and serving our public schools as they truly are the backbone of our community!
Experience in Education
BS in Social Science and Teaching Credential from University of California, Irvine
12 years teaching grades K-6 in public schools
3 years serving as a Master Teacher to Student Teachers earning their credentials
6 years volunteering in my kids' classrooms and schools
3 years on the PTO Board
8 years advocating for children with disabilities
2 years working with The Arc Tennessee as Director of Family Engagement in Special Education
Experience in Leadership
Served on the Katie Beckett Technical Advisory Committee with TennCare
Appointed by Governor Bill Lee to serve on the Advisory Board for Westat, the Federal Comprehensive Center Network for the states of Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia
Currently serving on the Association of Infant Mental Health in Tennessee (AIMHiTN) Advisory Council
Currently serving on the Parent Advisory Committee to the Director of Special Education in WCS
Currently serving on the Transition Tennessee Leadership Team
A VISION OF PREPAREDNESS
Williamson County continues to grow at an rapid rate, largely due to our amazing schools. We need to be prepared for this growth in every aspect from funding and building schools to attracting and hiring staff.
During these unprecedented school closures due to COVID-19, Williamson County Schools need to be prepared to hit the ground running once school is back in session. We need to learn from these times to better plan for future emergencies.
Our students should be the main priority for any school board member. Every student deserves to graduate Williamson County Schools with a feeling of readiness for a future filled with possibilities.