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Jen Hersh

Director of Curriculum

Jen has been a member of the SGCS community since it’s opening in 2009 as a first-grade teacher. Jen transitioned to serve the Seven Generations community as the first EIC Curriculum Director in 2013. In this leadership position, Jen mentors and collaborates with teachers to strengthen our standards aligned EIC curriculum model, community partnerships, service learning initiatives, and instructional practices across all content areas. In tandem, Jen develops and facilitates staff professional development and monitors the progress of student achievement to ensure that curriculum and instruction are meeting the diverse needs of our students. Finally, Jen serves as SGCS Federal Programming Coordinator, supervisor of SGCS Title I reading programming, and advisor for SGCS Student Government.

Jen’s family has lovingly dubbed her a kid magnet. She’s always enjoyed the curiosity, wonder, and laughter of young children, so becoming an elementary teacher was a natural choice.  Jen earned a B.S. in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education from the University of Delaware as well as an M.Ed. in reading and Reading Specialist Certification from East Stroudsburg University. Teaching since1993, her professional experiences range from a classroom teacher of Kindergarten and first grade, to an collegiate Instructor of literacy and science methods courses and student-teacher supervisor in undergraduate and graduate programs at Cedar Crest College and DeSales University. Jen was a staff naturalist at Wildlands Conservancy before joining Seven Generations. One of her proudest accomplishments was highlighting inquiry based learning of her first graders, and receiving the 2012 Da Vinci Science Center Hall of Fame Grand Master Award for Outstanding Science Teaching.

Born and raised in the Lehigh Valley, Jen loves spending time with her husband and three children, tending to her tiny greenhouse and her honeybees. Her family loves to travel together, explore new places and the wonders of our National Parks. Contact Jen Hersh at jennifer.hersh@sevengen.org.

What is it like to work at Seven Generations?
Children need to believe that they can make a positive difference and be given the opportunity to do so. SGCS is an environment that allows just that! Our children learn experientially by using the context of their community. I am excited to be a part of an organization that supports students’ passion to learn and grow and help them achieve ways to make a positive impact in our greater community.

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