Jennifer is a motivational speaker who shares her love of learning and teaching with educators. When speaking with educators, she mixes research and education theory with drama, humor, and anecdotes in order to inspire and motivate educators.
Jennifer is a gifted reading teacher and has been referred to as the “Reading Whisperer”. She shows teachers how to effectively embrace and teach reading: calling words, comprehension, interaction with text, and appreciation of language techniques that authors use to move readers, so that all students embrace reading. In addition, Jennifer shares how to incorporate writing with reading in order to develop better readers and writers.
Jennifer is a talented classroom teacher who teaches The Learning-Focused Instructional Framework which results in dynamic classroom instruction. She models how to create engaging lessons using techniques that allow for information processing, student interaction, and deep thinking. She also models teaching in any classroom whenever she is invited. When teaching in the classroom, Jennifer uses a variety of strategies that allow students to be immersed in the lesson.
Jennifer has shared her educational expertise with educators in over 16 states, presented at numerous conferences, and works with students of all ages. She presents many of the Learning-Focused Workshops to school systems all over the country.
Jennifer holds a Master’s degree in Reading with undergraduate degrees in both the Maria Montessori Method and Theater Education.
- May, 2007 MS, Elementary Reading and Literature, Walden University
- December, 1994 BS, Theater Arts Education, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
- June, 1974 Diploma, Maria Montessori Institute, London, England
- 1974-1980 Directed, Teacher and Owner of Montessori School in Bridgetown, Barbados
- 1986-1989 Lead Teacher, Guildford Park Pre-School
- 1993-1996 Substitute Teacher, Guilford County Schools
- 1996-1997 Interim Teacher, 6th grade, Kiser Middle School, Guilford County, NC
- 1996-1999 Drama Teacher, David D. Jones Elementary, Guilford County, NC
- 1998-2001 Resident Drama Director, Blanche Ravanel School of Performing Arts, NC
- 199-2004 Curriculum Facilitator, David D. Jones Elementary School, Guilford County, NC
- 2005-2007 Curriculum Facilitator, Leakesville-Spray Elementary, NC
- 2004-Current Consultant for LEARNING-FOCUSED
- 2015-Current President of Literacy-Success
Curriculum Development Experience
- 1999-2004 Created and implemented Reading Model at David D. Jones Elementary
- 1999-2004 Created quarterly assessments for 2nd grade students at David D. Jones Elementary
- 2000-2002 Reading and Writing Development in North Carolina Schools
- 2003-2006 Facilitator of Schools Attuned program for All Kinds of Minds. Instruction on teaching using brain theory
- 2004 Authored Learning to Read; a comprehensive reading model
- 2004 Authored Leveled readers for Balanced Literacy
- 2005-2009 Curriculum Mapping: Florida, Pennsylvania, Delaware
Honors and Awards
- 2002 David D. Jones awarded a Closing the Gap Award from the Secretary of Education in Washington DC. Students’ proficiency was 98.7%. Students were taught to read using the Learning to Read model.
- 2003, Zap the Gap, National Education Conference, Washington DC
- 2006, Raising Achievement, ASCD, Pinehurst, NC
- 2011, LEAD Conference, TN
- 2011, School Improvement, Austin, TX
- 2015, Charter School Conference, Ohio
- 2016, Charter School Conference, Asheville, NC
- 2004-Current: Learning-Focused
- Curriculum Mapping
- Lesson Planning
- Higher Order Thinking
- Vocabulary Instruction
- Comprehension Strategies
- Writing Workshop
- Learning to Read
- Monitoring for Achievement
- Effective Assignments and Assignments
- Flexible Grouping
- Balanced Literacy
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- Meeting the Challenge of Common Core Standards
- The Power of Purpose
- How Can Feedback Support Student Growth?
- New Strategies to Make Learning More Engaging
- Creating the Right Climate for your School
- What Motivates Us to Teach?
- Acceleration is Critical to Instruction
- How Can I Be a Better Coach?
- How to Actively Involve your Students During Instruction?
- Learning-Focused: A Longtime Leader in What Works
- Alternatives to Round Robin Reading
- Restructuring Instruction through Differentiation
- How can we Motivate Unmotivated Students?
- Designing Literacy Lessons
- How do I Create Learning Stations?
- Making the Most of Team Meetings
- How Do I Motivate My Students?
- Getting Ready for Back to School
- Nonlinguistic Representations
- Be Specific When Speaking about Areas Where Students Fail
- Our Students Have the Best Scores in the School/District.”
- 7 Principles for Teachers
- How Do I Summarize a Multi-Day Lesson?
- It is Time to Take Stock
- The Impact of Accent on Language
- Phonemic Awareness and Learning to Read
- Readers Theater
- Building Fluency
- The Power of Feedback
- Don’t Skip Phonemic Awareness
- Creating Questions
- What Are Context Clues?
- Tell It! Don’t Always Read It!