Jennifer moved to the Pacific Northwest at just four years old. She felt most at home when exploring the neighboring woods, filming short movies, cozying up indoors to draw and write, and asking her mother questions like, “How is it possible that God was never born?”
In high school, Jennifer wrote two YA novels — both inspired by personal events. Although she knew little about publication, she believed in her stories and began the long journey of sending them into the world through editing, querying, and (hopefully) publication.
2011 – Opinion Editor for The Commuter Newspaper
With a strong interest in controversial subjects, Jennifer became the opinion editor for her college newspaper, The Commuter. She later took on a weekly opinion column [Straight from the Hartsock] and was commissioned to co-write a humorous advice column [Dear Conscience]. By working with the advertising department to promote student readership and participation, Jennifer discovered a passion for publicity.
2012 – Writing Assistant for College Writing Center
Ever since reading an inspiring story by a self-conscious student, Jennifer knew she wanted to motivate young people to feel empowered by their voice. She began tutoring at a college-level writing center and eventually co-developed two weekly staff training modules to guide students in becoming self-driven learners. Her commitment to staff development and working with student writing motivated her to create The YA Publication Project, a literary video series dedicated to inspiring young adults to pursue writing, literature, and publishing.
2014 – Lead Teacher for Child Development Center
Helping college students revealed that their self-doubt came from a lack of creative freedom and security during childhood. She chased the source of their struggle and began working as a lead teacher for a child development center. She is currently researching the constructivism learning philosophy, as well as psychologist Ellis Paul Torrance and his findings on creative thinking. She aims to create a gracious space for creativity, ingenuity, risk taking, and abstract thinking.
2017 – Program Assistant for the Early Learning Hub
After a toddler in-need was abruptly pulled from Jennifer’s classroom due to inadequate funding, she began assisting the Early Learning Hub in making community resources and supports more available, more accessible, and more effective for children and families at-risk. She now coordinates Jumpstart Read for the Record literacy campaign and the Vroom infant brain building initiative, designs publicity materials for Hub events, and drafts Hub reports and letters intended for partner agencies. In the future, she plans to train social/emotional curriculum to child care providers, teachers, and parents, as well as facilitate Parent Cafés within the community.
Jennifer earned a Bachelor of Arts in English, completing coursework in grammar, creative writing, literary analysis, and conversational American Sign Language. She also completed a 6-month editorial and marketing internship for Ashland Creek Press in 2014. Her duties included identifying print, online, and radio promotional opportunities; designing materials to be published; creating press releases; evaluating manuscripts for accurate content and grammatical correctness; and collaborating with authors and editors to ensure quality and timeliness of publications. In order to connect readers to thought-provoking works, she spent 6 months marketing and creating community awareness for the literary journal CALYX, Inc..