About the Teacher

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An alumna of the University of Georgia, Jenna began her career in education in 2008 and since then has become one of the leading proponents (and providers) of increasing educational resources in the areas of social justice, food access, and environmental education, earning her the Presidential Innovation Award for Educators, received at the White House in Washington, DC in 2015.

At present, she develops curriculum and trains teachers around the world with partner organizations including FoodCorp, Georgia Organics, Life Lab, Whole Kids Foundation, and the Captain Planet Foundation. She also continues to play a large role in 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 Education for Community Farmers Markets, developing programs to educate 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

  • Community Farmers Markets. (March 2014 – Present)
    • Director of Education (May 2015 – Present)
    • Farmers Market Manager. (March 2014 – May 2015)
  • Atlanta Public Schools (August 2009 – Present)
    • Garden-Based Education Teacher Leader. (May 2015 – Present)
    • Garden-Based Education Teacher. (May 2012 – May 2015)
    • 1st and 2nd Grade Teacher. (August 2009 – May 2012)
  • Executive Board Member. WYLDE Center. (January 2015 – Present)
  • Executive Board Member. Georgia School Garden Network. (January 2017 – Present)
  • Curriculum Writer, Teacher Trainer. Captain Planet Foundation. (February 2014 – Present)
  • Curriculum Writer, Teacher Trainer. Georgia Organics. (September 2015 – Present)
  • School Coach. Georgia Organics. (February 2017 – Present)
  • Teacher Trainer. FoodCorps. (August 2015 – Present)
  • Teacher Trainer. Life Lab. (February 2016 – Present)
  • Teacher Trainer. Whole Kids Foundation. (March 2016 – Present)
  • Instructional Chef. The Stewart Center. (August 2014 – May 2017)
  • Instructional Chef. Forever Family. (August 2014 – December 2014)
  • 1st Grade Teacher. Cobb County Schools (January 2009 – May 2009)

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)

Additional Positions

  • Photographer. Jenna Shea Photography (March 2009 – Present)
  • Photography Teacher. The Cloverleaf School (August 2015 – September 2015)
  • Music Teacher. Eclectic Music (May 2012 – Present)
  • Director of Summer Programming. Eclectic Music (May 2012 – August 2012)
  • Yoga Teacher. Tough Love Yoga (January 2018)
  • Yoga Teacher. Intown Yoga (January 2017 – Present)
  • Yoga Teacher. Springdale Park Elementary School (August 2015 – May 2016)
  • Yoga Teacher. The Cloverleaf School (August 2015 – September 2015)
  • Yoga Teacher. Northwoods Montessori School (Summers 2011 – 2014)

Professional Development

  • Terra Madre in Turin, Italy (September 2018)
  • Facilitating Critical Conversations (August 2018)
  • Social Justice Teaching (August 2018)
  • National Farm to Cafeteria Conference (April 2018)
  • Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia Annual Conference (March 2018)
  • Georgia Organics Conference (February 2018)
  • Racial Equity Institute (February 2018)
  • Community Farmers Market Symposium (February 2018)
  • Racial Equity in the Food System Workshop (December 2017)
  • Community Food Systems Conference (December 2017)
  • Georgia Farmers Market Association Food for Thought Conference (December 2017)
  • 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

  • Online Multimedia Training Courses for Captain Planet Foundation (Spring 2018)
    • Getting Started with Learning Gardens (for School Teams)
    • Getting Started with Learning Gardens (for Teachers)
    • Planting and Planning Learning Gardens (for School Teams)
    • Learning Gardens for K-2 Teachers
    • Learning Gardens for 3-5 Teachers
    • Learning Gardens for 6-8 Teachers
  • Curriculum {K-5, all subject areas} for Captain Planet Foundation (Spring 2017)
  • Curriculum {K-8, all subject areas} for Emeril Lagasse Foundation (Summer 2017)
  • Annual Scope and Sequence {PreK-5, based in permaculture, yoga} for Soulshine (Spring 2017)
  • National Farm to School Month Lesson Plans {PreK-8, all subject areas} for Georgia Organics
    • “Make Room for Legumes” (Fall 2017)
    • “Leaf it to Spinach” (Fall 2016)
    • “Rooting for Carrots” (Fall 2015)
    • “Grow Radish Grow” (Fall 2014)
    • “Lettuce Try It” (Fall 2013)
  • Oral History {Women Who Farm} for Southern Foodways Alliance (October 2016)
  • Blog Posts {Instructional Guides, Growing Guides} for Captain Planet Foundation
  • Blog Posts {Recipes, Photo Essays, Outreach Spotlights} for Community Farmers Markets

Professional Presentations

Conference Sessions

  • Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia Annual Conference in Helen, Georgia (March 2018)
    • Delivered Keynote Address
  • Georgia Organics Conference in Augusta, Georgia (February 2018)
    • Presented “Culturally-Relevant Cooking”
    • Presented “Action Planning for Farm to School”
  • Community Farmers Market Symposium in Atlanta, Georgia (February 2018)
  • School Garden Support Organization Leadership Institute in Santa Cruz, California (January 2018)
    • Presented “Finding, Modifying, and Sequencing High Quality Lessons”
  • Georgia Organics Farm to School Summit in Augusta, Georgia (October 2017)
    • Presented “Culturally Relevant Cooking with Kids”
  • School Nutrition Association Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia (July 2017)
  • Northeast Farm to School Institute in Burlington, Vermont (June 2017)
    • Presented “Curriculum Connections to the Food System”
  • Georgia Organics Conference (February 2017)
  • Community Farmers Markets Symposium (February 2017)
  • Community Farmers Markets Symposium (January 2016)
  • Georgia Organics Farm to School Summit in Athens, Georgia (February 2015)
    • Presented “Growing a Strong STEM”
  • Atlanta Food & Farm Food Literacy Institute (March 2014)
  • Atlanta Public Schools Farm to School Tour (October 2013)
  • Environmental Educators Association Conference (March 2013)
  • Atlanta Farm to School Workshop (February 2013)

Teacher Workshops

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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