Jen Miller, M.Ed. I have been teaching since I was 21 years of age. After graduating from James Madison University, I returned to Falls Church where I had grown up, to teach in my community. At the time, I knew that I needed more tools in my book bag of knowledge to help each of my students reach his or her fullest potential. So, I returned to get a Masters Degree from George Mason University in Multicultural Education (ESOL) and from The University of Virginia in Reading. During my time in Falls Church, I was fortunate to be trained in a year long program through Ohio State called Literacy Collaborative under Fountas and Pinnell. Literacy is where my passion lies. I have taught Pre-K through 4th grade and no matter the age, reading and writing is what sparks creativity and conversation and change. At every age, it is exciting!
I had experienced a Reggio-inspired education first-hand when my daughters were in Junior Kindergarten and I read about their experiences in the daily blog post. I loved how and what my children learned and, when I moved to Kindergarten in 2016-2017, I vowed to bring it to the Bensley Kindergartners as well. When Pam Oken-Wright, my children's Junior Kindergarten teacher, newly retired from the classroom, offered to help out during the first days of school, I asked if she would also help me learn about teaching using the principles of the Reggio Emilia philosophy. The collaboration grew and evolved into our daily happenings of learning through joy.