Throughout her career in education, Jennifer has supported students with disabilities and their teachers in a variety of settings and capacities and has developed an expertise in evidence-based literacy instruction, especially in the areas of writing and curriculum. Before joining Shefa, Jennifer worked for the New York State Office of Special Education as a Literacy Specialist in the Lower Hudson Regional Partnership Center, helping districts, schools, and teachers improve the literacy outcomes of their students with disabilities. She has also served as the Director of General Studies Curriculum at Carmel Academy, a Jewish day school in Greenwich, CT, and was a faculty member of The Writing Revolution. She started her career as a special education teacher at the Solomon Schechter School in White Plains, NY. Jennifer has presented at literacy conferences in both NY City and Albany, and had an independent consulting company where she focused on helping Jewish day schools and educators advance the success of their students through the implementation of research based and evidence proven practices.
Jennifer received a B.A. from Tufts University and has Masters Degrees in School Leadership and in Childhood and Special Education from Hunter College and Manhattanville College, respectively. Prior to becoming an educator, Jennifer spent 10+ years as a marketing/public relations professional in the software industry.

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