Jen is known internationally for her work in promoting experiential, brain-based approaches to teaching, training, group facilitation, counseling, therapy, instructional design, team-building, and social-emotional learning. Jen's depth of experience, creativity, and knowledge of educational theory and practice is evident in her innovative yet practical workshops and publications in which she incorporates the art of facilitation and teaching with brain-based and pedagogical research. She provides professional development and consulting for schools, colleges, community organizations, and businesses to increase engagement and promote social-emotional skills. She is the author of Tips and Tools for the Art of Experiential Group Facilitation, and Inspired Educator, Inspired Learner: Experiential, Brain-Based Activities, and Strategies to Engage, Motivate, and Create Lasting Lessons.
In her 27 years as an experiential educator, Jen has worked as a clinician in mental health treatment centers with children, adolescents, and adults, as a teacher, adventure educator, and in professional training, adult education and organizational team-building. Through these diverse experiences, she has developed an extensive repertoire of experiential activities, tools, and strategies she brings to her engaging and informative workshops, books, and teaching resources, which are utilized by educators and counselors all over the world. Jen provides professional development seminars, team-building, and direct-service programs for schools, community organizations, mental health centers and colleges - helping educators, counselors, and facilitators develop and strengthen their ability to enhance learning outcomes through meaningful reflection and dialogue. She earned her undergraduate degree at the University of New Hampshire and her M.S. in Experiential Education/Educational Leadership from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and continues to pursue the latest research on the brain and learning, pedagogy, social-emotional learning, and the field of educational neuroscience.
Jen is founder of Experiential Tools an organization focused on helping practitioners fill their toolbox with quality, unique, and user-friendly methods to enhance academic, training, and therapeutic outcomes and promote meaningful reflection and application of learning experiences. Her books and reflective tools are used by programs of all kinds ranging from K-12 and college classrooms, team-development, training, counseling, adventure education, therapeutic, and business programs. She provides team-building and professional development programs for community organizations, businesses, college staff and faculty programs all around the world, as well as open enrollment and customized teaching and facilitation skills training for counselors, trainers, classroom teachers, college program staff, coaches, and human resource professionals (see workshops page for upcoming open enrollment workshops and courses).
She specializes in designing professional development programs to meet the specific needs and goals of the schools and organizations she works with. Workshop topics include experiential, brain-based approaches to increasing engagement and motivation, innovative reflective techniques to create meaningful and lasting lessons, practical active engagement strategies to promote social-emotional and academic learning, differentiated instruction, and group facilitation tools and techniques.