Empowering students with language-based learning differences
Jennifer Chambers, Assistant Head of School — Silver Spring Campus, formerly Siena's math and science department chair and environmental education coordinator, is an author and former small business owner with over 22 years of environmental and special education experience. Prior to starting her own environmental education business, Hiking Along, LLC., in 2004, she taught middle school social studies at the Chelsea School. She founded Hiking Along to lead children on DC-area hikes to engage them in the science that surrounds the trails. In addition, she was an environmental educator with the Audubon Naturalist Society's GreenKids program and created the Student Trail Stewards program in partnership between Northwood High School and the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club. As an activist, she was State Advocate for Leave No Trace and Board Chair of American Hiking Society. In 2013 and 2014, she authored two books: a children's book, Watershed Adventures of a Water Bottle, and a hiking guidebook, Best Hikes with Kids: Washington, D.C., The Beltway & Beyond. Jennifer holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of South Carolina, an M.A. in American/Women Studies from SUNY Buffalo, and an M.Ed. in Special Education from the University of Maryland.
Why I Teach At Siena: I love teaching at Siena for many reasons: the opportunity to be creative with helping students learn and grow; the ability to problem-solve when presented with a teaching challenge; and the exceptional community of collaboration that enriches each stakeholder's life.