Jennifer was born and raised in the Bay Area, graduating from Milpitas High School. After attending UC Irvine, Jennifer worked at an educational nonprofit called City Year in Boyle Height, Los Angeles where she solidified her passion for teaching and working with communities of colors. Following that, Jennifer moved across the country to New York City to get her Masters in Teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University, majoring in Elementary Inclusive Education.
Jennifer taught in Harlem and Sunset Park, Brooklyn at PS 24k, working with upper elementary students. After a decade of teaching and living on the East Coast, Jennifer moved back to California and transitioned out of the classroom. After taking classes at De Anza Community College, Jennifer moved into a non-traditional educational setting helping create and develop ethnic studies curriculum based on San Francisco Chinatown's long history of community activism, resilience, and art at an arts and culture community-based organization.
Jennifer is passionate about Asian American studies, learning the narratives and stories of community figures, and empowering youth to speak up for marginalized voices.
- Master's Degree, Elementary Inclusion Education, Teachers College, Columbia University
- Bachelor's Degree, Anthropology, UC Irvine
In her free time, Jennifer enjoys collecting stationery goods, taking care of her many plants, exploring nature, swimming, and doodling.