Who Am I?

by Early Math Counts

Now that we’ve been up and running for nearly two weeks, I thought I should let you know a little bit about myself.  My name is Jen and I am an Associate Professor at Harold Washington College in Chicago.  I have been a member of the City Colleges team for nearly 13 years.  Before that I was the director of a small preschool and before that I was a kindergarten teacher.

I have two teenaged sons- both fabulous, both challenging. They are, at present, driving me crazy…sleeping all day, waking and eating, smelling up the house.   My husband, Larry, is a landscaper. He puts up with a lot from all of us and we put up with a lot from him. Larry and I met while serving in the US Peace Corps.  He was a forester and I was a teacher trainer (some things never change).  We lived in Mali, West Africa.  I love to talk about Africa and our experiences there so if you ever want to hear more about that, just ask.

We have two dogs (pugs) who are at the center of our home life.  They are nicer to me than anyone else I live with.

I thought I would try this (I have never blogged before) as I am always looking for new opportunities to talk to people who work with young children.  My goals for this blog are threefold:

1.  to support practitioners in the field

2.  to create a space where practitioners can learn about math and math-related education (although many of the topics will  be broader and applicable to other areas of the child care world)


3. to create a dialogue amongst early childhood professionals

I am hopeful that this blog will meet these goals.  I would love to hear from you about what you would like to see and hear, here at Early Math Counts.

6 Replies to “Who Am I?”

    1. Thanks Abby- I am so happy that you are tuning in. I\’d love to hear your thoughts on how I can improve the blog or how I can better meet the needs of your teachers.

      I\’d also love any feedback you have….

  1. Hi Jen,
    I loved getting to know a little more about you. Thanks for doing this. I enjoy your sense of humor…and by the way, I would like to see pictures from Africa next time we get together 🙂 Kathy

    1. I wish that picture wasn\’t so huge. You can clearly see how old I am. I will try and post some picture of Africa at some point:)

  2. You are still beautiful.It looks as if you are wearing a crown.Quite apropos!Treasured our times in Africa together,looking forward to future blog entries and pug pictures.

    1. You are so funny- Someone else said it looked like a halo- because I am an angel. So glad you are reading.

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