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 and staff developer. A graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Administration, Planning and Social Policy, Jen 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.
In 2019, after ten years as a district literacy coach with the Plymouth Public Schools (Plymouth, MA), Jen accepted a position as a Senior Staff Developer with the Teaching and Learning Alliance. As a staff-developer, Jen 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. She also works closely with building leaders to support school-wide instructional change.
Jen’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.