Education: Jenna was born and raised in Coventry, Connecticut. She has a BA in Early Childhood Education from UofSC-Upstate and an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Supervision from Clemson University. She also holds a Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment from Walden University.
Experience: Jenna started teaching in 1999, achieved National Board Certification as an Early Childhood Generalist in 2002, and successfully renewed this certification in 2012. Most of her classroom career was spent teaching second grade at Calhoun Academy of the Arts in Anderson School District Five. She finished her time at Calhoun as the school science specialist. While in Anderson District Five, Jenna worked on curriculum writing teams, provided professional development focused on science and math instruction, directed the Camp Invention program for the district, mentored early career educators, and hosted interns from local universities.
CERRA: Jenna initially came to CERRA to serve a year-long residency as the 2008-2009 SC Teacher of the Year. Following this residency, she assumed the role of Program Director for Teaching Fellows and National Board support and later added CERRA's Mentoring and Induction and Teacher Leadership programs to her list of responsibilities. Along with her Program Director duties, Jenna served as the Assistant Executive Director from 2012 until she was named Interim Executive Director in March 2021. She will begin her new responsibilities as Executive Director on July 1, 2021.