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My name is Jennifer Palmer.  

My Education/Professional background: I love to learn! I have three bachelor's degrees from Ohio State University in English, German and Women's Studies. 

In college, I had three experiences studying abroad. One summer I lived in Dresden, Germany and attended the university there. I studied in Utrecht, the Netherlands for a summer. Finally, I lived in Germany for a year- I attended the University of Hamburg in Hamburg, Germany. I think I am still somewhat fluent in German today and I can speak a little Dutch. 

After college, I went on to teach Head Start preschool in Columbus for 3 years. The Head Start program I worked with partnered with Franklin County MRDD -- the Head Start children were the peer models for children with special needs. Because of this, I have a lot of experience working with children of diverse backgrounds. 

I finished my Master's thesis in Early Childhood Education in 2006 at the Ohio State University. My topic of study was "Literary Discussion Contexts." 

I worked for Marysville City Schools before coming to Grandview.

My passion is integrating technology into my teaching.  Last year I also received a grant from eTech Ohio for 5 classroom iPads. 

I like to travel, hike, garden, camp, and read! One time my husband and I went on a 37 mile hiking trip on the shores of Lake Superior in Michigan. My favorite hiking experiences have been on mountains- I even got engaged on Mount Elbert in Colorado! Two summers ago we took the Amtrak across the country to Seattle to visit my brother and explore the Pacific Northwest.  My philosophy is that the journey is part of the adventure!

I’m really looking forward to this school year! This year we will be doing all sorts of awesome things with technology to enhance reading and math- like blogs, iPads, iMovie, etc. this year!  I have a lot of great ideas and I’m sure the children do as well!