Teacher Trainings

An alumna of the University of Georgia, Jenna began her teaching 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, 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.

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Professional Presentations

Keynote Speeches

  • North Carolina State University School Garden Summit in Kannapolis, North Carolina (August 2019)
  • Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia Annual Conference in Helen, Georgia (March 2018)

Conference Sessions

  • Green Schools Gathering in Gwinnett County, Georgia (September 2019)
  • Georgia Organics Farm to School Summit in Macon, Georgia (June 2019)
  • Green Schools Gathering in Gwinnett County, Georgia (March 2019)
  • Community Farmers Market Symposium in Atlanta, Georgia (March 2019)
  • Georgia Organics Conference in Tifton, Georgia (February 2019)
  • 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)

Webinars

  • “Teaching Literacy Through Food for K-8” for Georgia Organics (December 2020)
  • “Winter Garden Activities for Children 2-12” for Georgia Organics (November 2020)
  • “First Farm to School Activities for Children 2-5” for Georgia Organics (October 2020)
  • “Hands-on Cooking and Mindful Taste Tests” for Georgia Organics (October 2020)
  • “Easy Outdoor Activities for Children 2-12” for Georgia Organics (October 2020)
  • “Planting and Caring for a Fall Garden with K-8 Students” for Georgia Organics (October 2020)
  • “Turnip the Volume on Sensory Education” for Georgia Organics (September 2020)

Teacher Workshops

  • Developed and Presented Full-Day Teacher Training Workshops for Georgia Organics 
    • Baldwin County Schools, Georgia (March 2020)
    • Griffin-Spaulding County Schools, Georgia (February 2020)
    • Dekalb County Schools, Georgia (January 2020)
    • Sandy Springs, Georgia (October 2019)
    • Atlanta, Georgia (April 2019)
    • Atlanta, Georgia (March 2019)
    • Augusta, Georgia (February 2018)
    • Dublin, Georgia (January 2018)
    • Dublin, Georgia (November 2017)
    • Leesburg, Georgia (October 2017)
    • Canton, Georgia (April 2017)
    • Winder, Georgia (February 2017) – Two Day Workshop
    • Hampton, Georgia (January 2017)
    • Macon, Georgia (September 2016)
    • Atlanta, Georgia (September 2016) – Two Day Workshop
    • Atlanta, Georgia (February 2016)
    • Cochran, Georgia (February 2016)
    • Savannah, Georgia (February 2016)
    • Athens, Georgia (February 2016)
    • Hampton, Georgia (January 2016)
    • Atlanta, Georgia (October 2015)
    • Athens, Georgia (September 2015)
  • Presented Full-Day Teacher Training Workshops for Life Lab
  • Developed and Present Teacher Training Workshops for Small Bites Adventure Club
    • South Dekalb Early Learning Center (January 2020)
    • Roswell North Elementary School (November 2019)
    • Sheltering Arms: Barack and Michelle Obama Center (August 2019)
  • Developed and Presented Training Workshops for FoodCorps
  • Developed and Presented Full-Day Teacher Training Workshops for Emeril Lagasse Foundation
    • New Orleans, Louisiana (September 2019)
    • Seaside, Florida (July 2018)
  • Developed and Presented Full-Day Teacher Training Workshops for Captain Planet Foundation
    • London, England (November 2017)
    • Atlanta, Georgia (August 2017)
    • Monroe, Louisiana (March 2017)
    • Penn Yan, New York (March 2017)
    • Rochester, New York (March 2017)
    • New York, New York (March 2017)
    • Van Buren, Arkansas (March 2017)
    • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (February 2017)
    • Atlanta, Georgia (Feb 2014, Oct 2014, Nov 2014, Feb 2015, Sep 2015, Oct 2015, Nov 2015)

What Others are Saying

4.95/5 overall presenter rating from Georgia Organics Farm to School Workshop (10/2015)

4.85/5 overall presenter rating from Hampton Elementary Charter School Training (01/2016)

“The interdisciplinary approach is amazing.”

“Teaching healthy eating habits and creating an open mindedness toward new foods can be life changing for some students.”

“I thought the workshop was amazing.”

“Lots of fun! Thanks so much.”

“[Jenna] is inspiring!”

“I really enjoyed it. I’d love to have videos of Jenna’s lessons. You can’t write down everything!”

“I loved the cross curricular connections.”

“I enjoyed all of the great ideas of how to incorporate Farm to School into the classroom. It was a great day filled with fun events, great ideas, and wonderful people.”

“I learned that there are many ways to make this program an integral part of the classroom (eating healthy through learning) and I loved all of the resources that we were given in order to do this.”

“It was an informative workshop. I would definitely recommend this to my peers in the future.”

“[Jenna] was informed, friendly, and a great teacher.”

“Thoroughly enjoyed Jenna’s upbeat, positive spirit!”

“AWESOME!!!”

“Practical lessons for the classroom, the presenter was well experienced in the field.”

“[Jenna] was very warm and very inviting with many of her ideas.”

“What I liked most about the workshop was the speaker!”

“I like the hands on, quick pace, interaction in groups, and the friendly informed presenter.”

“I loved the way we were taught as if we were the students and also had time to collaborate as educators! The lessons were awesome and a great way to teach us what we could do in our classrooms!”

“I learned about a wide array of lessons that can be taught through the use of an edible school garden. I also learned that I could start small, even with a small pot of plants in my classroom if that was all I could do. I really liked that I could do what works for me and still be doing the Farm to School thing.”

“Thank you so much for all that you are doing!!! Keep fighting the good fight!!!”

“I loved seeing examples of lessons that can be used to hit on our standards in a real, applicable way.”

“The training was awesome!!! I really appreciated the way the whole thing was presented in a take-what-you-like and do-your-best kind of way.”

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