My name is Dr. Jennifer Spencer, but you can call me Jen (or, as my close friends do, "Dr. J"). I have been an educator since 1997 in public, private, and home schools. I have a BS in Early Childhood Education, an MA in Elementary Education, and and EdD in Curriculum and Instruction. I know all about the things they teach you in any university School of Education, but I was ruined for it forever about nine years ago, when I discovered Charlotte Mason. Now I work to disseminate her ideas in light of current research to help those who are trying to implement Mason's philosophy and methods. I served on the Board of Directors at the Charlotte Mason Institute, I led the CM in the Foothills book study group for six years, and in 2011 I founded Willow Tree Community School (www.wtcschool.org). This experience gave me the unique opportunity to observe first-hand how children from elementary through high school and with a wide variety of learning differences respond and adapt to the Mason model. I have even had the good fortune of being able to make several trips to the Lake District to help digitize the Mason archive at the Armitt Museum in Ambleside, which is now housed on Worldcat. I am here to give whatever support I can to homeschoolers, private schools, charter schools, and co-ops who want to learn about Mason and to help you network with each other to solve problems. I want this site to be like sitting on the sofa together or in the local coffee shop, sipping something yummy, and sharing our thoughts about home, school, and the Mason lifestyle. So, do you have your cuppa ready? Good! Then let's get this conversation going!
I work with schools to educate faculty about a variety of subjects related to Charlotte Mason and best practices through immersion classes, lectures, and interactive workshops. I also help principals develop plans for teacher evaluation and growth by helping initiate or improve the school's Professional Learning Community (PLC).
I love to travel to new places and meet new people who are walking this journey. I speak at a variety of conferences and retreats on many subjects. I also conduct methods workshops and immersive experiences for attendees.
I help schools evaluate their curriculum to make sure it matches their mission, their vision, and Mason's philosophy. I can make recommendations for changes or start from scratch, as well as help with teacher buy-in. For public/charter schools, I can also map the curriculum to demonstrate compliance with state and/or Common Core standards.
I have been writing about Mason for years, and I invite you to visit my Writing page and blog to read and join the conversation. I am happy to help schools articulate Mason's philosophy in their literature or on their websites. I am also always looking for research opportunities.