Jennifer Arenson Yaeger has over 20 years of experience in the field of education as an elementary teacher, reading specialist, literacy coach, graduate school instructor, researcher and evaluator of school reform initiatives. A graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Administration, Planning and Social Policy, Jennifer brings together a background in education policy and school change with her practical experience in classrooms in Boston and Plymouth, Massachusetts. Since 2003, she has also offered regional workshops to prepare teachers for the Foundations of Reading MTEL and has served as a national consultant to schools of education who are preparing students for similar Foundations of Reading tests in their states.
For the past ten years, Jennifer has also served as a District Literacy Coach for the Plymouth Public Schools (Plymouth, MA) where she is part of the leadership team responsible for making district-wide decisions regarding curriculum, assessment, instruction and professional development in the area of literacy for the district’s eight elementary schools. As a staff-developer, she works side-by-side with teachers during individual coaching sessions in their classrooms; provides demonstration lessons and debriefing sessions with individuals and teams of teachers; facilitates inquiry groups, looking at student work sessions and grade-level professional development at the school level; offers district inservice sessions for teachers across the school district; and supports new teachers through an annual New Teacher Literacy Academy that runs for multiple days across the school year.
Jennifer’s work has given her unique insight into the complexity of teaching in today’s schools and an understanding of the ways in which schools must nurture and support teachers’ ongoing growth and development so crucial to raising student achievement.
Jennifer is the proud mother of two teenage children, Annie and Ben, whose reading lives provide regular inspiration for her teaching. Her husband, David, shares her love of teaching and teaches AP Physics for high school students.