About the Teacher

Jenna grew up on 80 acres of farm land in an intentional community in Alabama called Common Ground Community. Her family of ten like-spirited adults valued harmony with the environment through honoring ecosystems and preserving the land and resources. These values guide Jenna’s work in her current home of Atlanta.

An alumna of the University of Georgia, Jenna began her education career in 2008 and since then has become one of the leading proponents (and providers) of increasing environmental education resources in Atlanta, earning her the EPA’s Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators. At present, she leads workshops around the state and country with partner organizations including FoodCorp, Georgia Organics, Life Lab, Whole Kids Foundation, and the Captain Planet Foundation. She also plays a large role in the curriculum development for Atlanta Public Schools, her pilot school being a school-based rooftop gardening program that has garnered local and national press coverage, as well as numerous grants and awards.

Beyond the school walls, she serves as the Director of Educational Programming for Community Farmers Markets, managing programs aimed educating neighborhoods of Atlanta on the community health, economic, and sustainable benefits of local farmers markets.

Education

  • B.S.Ed.        Early Childhood Education. University of Georgia. (2005-2008)
  • Graduate.   Urban Agriculture Training Program. Georgia Organics. (2012)
  • Certificate. Digital Photography. Emory University. (In Progress)
  • M.Ed.          Nonprofit and Organizational Leadership. Georgia State University (In Progress)

Professional Positions

Professional Experience

  • Strategic Plan Development.
    • Staff Member. Community Farmers Markets. (2015)
    • Board Member. Wylde Center. (2015)
  • Evaluation Plan Development.
    • Team Member. Georgia Organics Farm to School. (2016)
  • Design Table Process.
    • Team Member. Food Well Alliance. (2016)
  • Website Development.
    • Staff Member. Community Farmers Markets. (2015)

Professional Development

  • Food, Ag, and Equity Conference (November 2017)
  • Georgia Organics Farm to School Summit (October 2017)
  • Soulshine Permaculture Conference (September 2017)
  • Northeast Farm to School Institute in Burlington, Vermont (June 2017)
  • John Dewey Culinary Institute at the University of Vermont (June 2017)
  • Green Schools Conference (March 2017)
  • Atlanta Civic Summit (February 2017)
  • Food Media South Conference (February 2017)
  • Georgia Organics Annual Conference (February 2017)
  • Georgia Organics / Vermont FEED Farm to School Intensive (February 2017)
  • Community Farmers Market Symposium (February 2017)
  • Change Beyond the Plate Conference (December 2016)
  • Georgia Farmers Market Association Food for Thought Conference (December 2016)
  • Urban Educational Excellence Conference (October 2016)
  • Terra Madre in Turin, Italy (September 2016)
  • Southern Foodways Alliance Oral History Workshop (July 2016)
  • National Farm to Cafeteria Conference (June 2016)
  • Slow Food USA School Garden Conference (April 2016)
  • Food Media South Conference (February 2016)
  • Georgia Organics Annual Conference (February 2016)
  • Wholesome Wave Statewide Conference (February 2016)
  • Community Farmers Market Symposium (January 2016)
  • Facilitation Training with Jeremy Lewis (January 2016)
  • Prioritization Training with Jeremy Lewis (January 2016)
  • Wholesome Wave National Conference (January 2016)
  • Edible Schoolyard Class Observations in Berkely, California (October 2015)
  • Georgia Organics Annual Conference (February 2015)
  • Edible Schoolyard Academy in Berkely, California (July 2014)
  • National Farm to Cafeteria Conference (April 2014)
  • Georgia Organics Annual Conference (February 2014)
  • Georgia Organics Farm to School Summit and Annual Conference (February 2013)
  • Atlanta Local Food Initiative Food System Summit (November 2012)
  • Decatur Farm to School Symposium (August 2012)
  • Georgia Organics Urban Agriculture Training Program (2012)
  • Grounded Kids Yoga Training (January 2012)
  • Georgia Organics Farm to School Workshop (October 2011)
  • EEA Outdoor Educator Symposium (November 2011)
  • Georgia Organics Educators Workshop (July 2010)
  • Edible Schoolyard Academy in Berkely, California (July 2010)

Professional Publications

  • Kitchen and Garden Curriculum {K-8, all subject areas} for Emeril Lagasse Foundation (Summer 2017)
  • Annual Scope and Sequence {PreK-5, based in permaculture and yoga practices} for Soulshine (Spring 2017)
  • “Make Room for Legumes” National Farm to School Month Lesson Plans {PreK-8, all subject areas} for Georgia Organics (Spring 2017)
  • Project Learning Garden Curriculum {K-5, all subject areas} for Captain Planet Foundation (Spring 2017)
  • “Leaf it to Spinach” National Farm to School Month Lesson Plans {PreK-8, all subject areas} for Georgia Organics (Fall 2016)
  • “Rooting for Carrots” National Farm to School Month Lesson Plans {PreK-8, all subject areas} for Georgia Organics (Fall 2015)
  • “Grow Radish Grow” National Farm to School Month Lesson Plans {PreK-8, all subject areas} for Georgia Organics (Fall 2014)
  • “Lettuce Try It” National Farm to School Month Lesson Plans {PreK-8, all subject areas} for Georgia Organics (Fall 2013)

Professional Presentations

  • Presenting “Project Learning Garden” for Captain Planet Foundation in London, England (October 2017)
  • Delivering Keynote Address at the Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia Annual Conference (March 2018)

 

  • Presented Exploring Edible Education Full-Day Workshop for Georgia Organics in Dublin, Georgia (November 2017)
  • Presented Exploring Edible Education Full-Day Workshop for Georgia Organics in Leesburg, Georgia (October 2017)
  • Presented “Culturally Relevant Cooking with Kids” at the Georgia Organics Farm to School Summit in Augusta, Georgia (October 2017)
  • Presented “Engaging Students in Experiential Learning” at FoodCorps National Orientation in Portland, Oregon (August 2017)
  • Presented “Project Learning Garden” for Captain Planet Foundation in Atlanta, Georgia (August 2017)
  • Presented at the School Nutrition Association Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia (July 2017)
  • Presented “Curriculum Connections to the Food System” at Northeast Farm to School Institute in Burlington, Vermont (June 2017)
  • Presented Exploring Edible Education Full-Day Workshop for Georgia Organics in Canton, Georgia (April 2017)
  • Presented Project Learning Garden Full-Day Workshop for Captain Planet Foundation in Monroe, Louisiana (March 2017)
  • Presented Project Learning Garden Full-Day Workshop for Captain Planet Foundation in Penn Yan, New York (March 2017)
  • Presented Project Learning Garden Full-Day Workshop for Captain Planet Foundation in Rochester, New York (March 2017)
  • Presented Project Learning Garden Full-Day Workshop for Captain Planet Foundation in New York, New York (March 2017)
  • Presented Project Learning Garden Full-Day Workshop for Captain Planet Foundation in Van Buren, Arkansas (March 2017)
  • Presented The Growing Classroom Full-Day Workshop for Life Lab in Lake Wales, Florida (March 2017)
  • Presented Project Learning Garden Full-Day Workshop for Captain Planet Foundation in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (February 2017)
  • Presented at Georgia Organics Conference (February 2017)
  • Presented at the Community Farmers Markets Symposium (February 2017)
  • Presented Exploring Edible Education Two-Day Workshop for Georgia Organics in Barrow County, GA (February 2017)
  • Presented at Community Farmers Market Symposium (January 2017)
  • Presented Exploring Edible Education Full-Day Workshop for Georgia Organics in Hampton, GA (January 2017)
  • Presented Exploring Edible Education Full-Day Workshop for Georgia Organics in Macon, GA (September 2016)
  • Presented Exploring Edible Education Two-Day Workshop for Georgia Organics in Atlanta, GA (September 2016)
  • Presenting “Engaging Students in Experiential Learning” at FoodCorps National Orientation in Portland, Oregon (August 2016)
  • Presented The Growing Classroom Full-Day Workshop for Life Lab in Inola, Oklahoma (March 2016)
  • Presented Exploring Edible Education Full-Day Workshop for Georgia Organics in Atlanta, GA (February 2016)
  • Presented Exploring Edible Education Full-Day Workshop for Georgia Organics in Cochran, GA (February 2016)
  • Presented Exploring Edible Education Full-Day Workshop for Georgia Organics in Savannah, GA (February 2016)
  • Presented Exploring Edible Education Full-Day Workshop for Georgia Organics in Athens, GA (February 2016)
  • Presented Farm to School Workshop at Hampton Elementary Charter School (January 2016)
  • Presented at Community Farmers Markets Symposium (January 2016)
  • Presented at Captain Planet Foundation Learning Garden Workshop (November 2015)
  • Presented at Georgia Organics Farm to School Workshop (October 2015)
  • Presented at Captain Planet Foundation Learning Garden Workshop (October 2015)
  • Presented at Captain Planet Foundation Learning Garden Workshop (September 2015)
  • Presented at Northeast Georgia Farm to School Workshop (September 2015)
  • Presented at FoodCorps State Orientation – Georgia (September 2015)
  • Presented at FoodCorps National Orientation (August 2015)
  • Presented at the Captain Planet Foundation Learning Garden Workshop (February 2015)
  • Presented at the Georgia Organics Farm to School Summit (February 2015)
  • Presented at the Captain Planet Foundation Learning Garden Workshop for Cobb and Gwinett Counties (November 2014)
  • Presented at the Captain Planet Foundation Middle School Learning Garden Workshop (October 2014)
  • Presented at the Captain Planet Foundation Learning Garden Workshop for Atlanta Public Schools (October 2014)
  • Presented at the Atlanta Food & Farm Food Literacy Institute (March 2014)
  • Presented at Captain Planet Foundation Learning Gardens Workshop (February 2014)
  • Presented at Atlanta Public Schools Farm to School Tour (October 2013)
  • Presented at 2013 Environmental Educators Association Conference (March 2013)
  • Presented at Atlanta Farm to School Workshop (February 2013)

Honors and Awards

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5 thoughts on “About the Teacher

  1. Jenna, I just read through everything and I could not be more proud. This is an amazing cause and would love to see this first-hand! You are so talented on so many levels. Congratulations and I can’t wait to see what the future holds!

  2. Hi Jenna! Thanks for your website and all the programs you have helped implementing at Springdale Park Elementary to make our little munchkins (we have 2 at Spark!) healthier, greener and happier. We see the results every day in our sons: they remind us of the 3 ‘r’ (reuse, recycle, reduce), are curious about nature, always ready to plant a seed, and they are motivated to eat healthy (fruit and vegetables). Also thanks for your joyfulness and enthusiasm in doing all this!

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