“If we keep doing the same things we’ve always done, we’ll keep getting what we’ve always gotten. When we push ourselves outside of our comfort zone and try new things, we can reach a new level of potential previously unimagined.”
Jennifer Leban, NBCT, is a 2020 IL State Teacher of the Year Finalist and Teach Plus IL Fellow. Jen is a Google Trainer and Innovator (#LAX18) who lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband and son. Jen has taught grades K-8 in fine arts, technology, and library/makerspace classes. She is a finalist for the 2020 Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching (PAEMST) for her work in K-6 computer science education. Jen presents at education conferences throughout the United States, such as ISTE, AMLE, IDEAcon, and CPS Googlepalooza. She is a member of the leadership team for the Chicagoland Google Educators Group (GEG). Jen currently works as an instructional technology coach.
Jen teaches professional development classes to teachers in her district, is a mentor for new teachers, and has hosted several student teachers. Jennifer is an education ambassador for WeVideo, Flipgrid, Wakelet, Seesaw, and Classroom Q. Jen is also the illustrator of Coding to Kindness by Valerie Sousa, published through EduMatch books.
Outside of the classroom, Jennifer is a retired roller derby skater who coaches her local junior derby league. Jennifer earned her BA in Arts Education with honors from Elmhurst College and completed her MA in Educational Leadership through St. Xavier University.
You can learn more about Jen here.
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