Jennifer Poovey was born and raised locally in Sonoma County. While in school she always wanted to become a teacher. Her father was a retired schoolteacher as well as various relatives. She started college in the early 1970's at Santa Rosa Junior College in the Dental Hygiene program. She trained for years in this field and was offered a teaching position just before her graduation from the dental program. In 1974, Jennifer graduated from SRJC with her Associate's Degree and dental assistant certificate. She later went on to get her Associate's in Dental Hygiene in 2004.
Jennifer wanted to continue her schooling in either education or dental hygiene so she could teach full-time at the JC. After looking into SSU's master's programs and speaking to Dr. Karen Grady, she found that the CTL program fit her needs perfectly. Her motive is to further her own knowledge and simultaneously improve her teaching abilities. She believes that this can only be done by furthering her own education. She is in the Curriculum Teaching and Learning program and is also taking some Educational Technology classes.
She is now in her third semester of the program and is loving her experience and all of her professors. She hopes to be able to use technology to engage her students further and get them more involved in their own learning. She strives to be proficient in her subject and make sure her students get the most out of their education.