Jen En is the new Middle and Upper School Learning Associate. She helps with the teaching and learning that happens at C&C. Jen goes into Middle and Upper School classrooms to help students learn and to talk with teachers. She also fills in on Mondays and Fridays if teachers are absent and aids with homework in the Library after school.
Jen was born in San Jose, California, where she went to a public school with over 2,000 students. Jen has one older brother and parents who divorced when she was in middle school. As a kid, she was obsessed with The Baby-Sitters Club book series and aspired to be as stylish as the character Claudia.
Jen then moved to New York where she went to NYU. She had many jobs before joining City and Country. She was a pastry chef at Ovenly and Bakeri in Brooklyn, a meringue vendor in Bogotá, Colombia, an editor of picture books and middle grade and young adult fiction at HarperCollins Publishers, and a teacher at a public school in Park Slope, Brooklyn called the Secondary School for Law. Jen then worked at nearby Grace Church High School as a writing consultant and also taught classes in Critical Literacy there for five years. About C&C, she says, “I appreciate C&C’s progressive model of education, which includes child-led learning, inclusiveness, and social justice.” Since she came from a more traditional school setting, our school has been different and new for her. Jen says the faculty and staff here have been “welcoming and kind” so far and although she has not gotten to know the students very well yet, she is excited to do so. She looks forward to working with everyone in the community. Jen has always wanted to impact the world in some way and says, “I can’t think of a better way to do that than through empowering young people to use their voices.” When asked, Jen eventually described herself as “persistent, compassionate, and loyal.” She also mentioned that she spends most of her free time with her 17-month-old son named Forrest. Jen seems like a helpful and kind person who is a good fit for the C&C community.