Despite many years struggling to find success in public schools and subsequent challenges in higher education, Jean LOVES to learn. In fact, those struggles helped shape Jean into a tireless advocate for young people who find themselves marginalized in traditional teaching and learning environments. Jean is driven by an enduring desire to do better and is never quite satisfied, continually looking for ways to learn and grow and is incapable of settling for the status quo. Jean is honored to be joining the UMA community of educators who value innovation, design-thinking and doing things a little differently.
Jean’s philosophy of teaching stems from a deeply held belief that education, at its best, should be a liberating force in the lives of young people. As Paulo Freire so eloquently states, “For apart from inquiry, apart from the praxis, individuals cannot be truly human. Knowledge emerges only through invention and re-invention, through the restless, impatient, continuing, hopeful inquiry human beings pursue in the world, with the world, and with each other.”
Jean received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Painting & Drawing from California College of the Arts and a Master’s Degree in Special Education from the University of St. Thomas. When not at school, you can find Jean restoring a 1970 Volunteer camper, gardening, painting, reading, camping, fishing, traveling, napping and enjoying time with family and friends. If teaching doesn’t work out, Jean plans to become a stand-up comic.