I'm Jenn

I help high school teachers and counselors like you with teaching college and career readiness. I do this by creating no-prep resources to engage and empower your students and save you precious time!

I know you’re committed to helping your students reach their goals and I’m here to help.

So who am I? As the eldest daughter of a single mother of three boys and three girls, I learned responsibility at a young age. Balancing schoolwork with chores, work, and caring for younger siblings, I became the first in my family to go to college on 100% financial aid.

After receiving four college degrees, completing two study abroad trips to Mexico, backpacking across Europe and Asia, and teaching at a university in Japan and several colleges and high schools in Hawai'i, I returned to my alma mater 12 years ago, where I now teach English Learners and AVID classes.

PhD Candidate: Education ("ABD")
m.ed: educational administration
MA: English as a second language
prof. diploma: secondary ed
ba journalism, spanish minor

Hey teacher friend!

I've been teaching English as a second language (ESL) since 1992, and since 2011, I've been teaching at my high school alma mater on the island of O’ahu. I'm currently also an AVID and reading teacher and the ESL program coordinator at my school.

My superpower is helping students find their superpower and become the best version of themselves. 

My past experiences include teaching mainstream high school language arts, grant writing, coordinating college programs, hosting visiting international students and planning educational programs for them, taking students on the Close-Up Program in Washington, D.C., organizing a six-college tour of the San Francisco Bay Area (so much fun!), and facilitating numerous service-learning experiences for students.  

I'm especially passionate about helping historically underserved and disadvantaged students realize their full potential, attend college, and succeed in life. I also enjoy helping teachers and counselors and would love to make your life easier in any way I can. Be sure to check out my free college and career readiness planning guide, teaching resources in my store, and tips on my blog!


Taking risks, second chances, good coffee, teacher unions, self-care, words of encouragement, empathy, differentiation, social justice, and inclusive, anti-racist, and equitable teaching.


Xenophobia, judging students by their dialect, no second chances, hustle culture, long lectures, or standardized testing.


Doing community service with my students, standup paddle boarding, hiking, working out, and salsa dancing in my living room.

daily rituals

Morning coffee and stretching, long walks, check-ins with my teenage sons, positive self-talk, and good skincare. 

I'm a Hawai'i-born-and-raised, small-town girl, mother, culturally-responsive teacher, double master's holder, and beach-loving globe-trotter.  





Workin' Moms (Netflix)

coffee, espresso, or red wine


seared ahi or an acai bowl



NPR, Alabama Shakes, or Adelle

My Favorite Things

(14 countries so far!)

my happy place!

Being on the water.

Beach walks

My Favorite Things

Sunshine. Wayfarers kickstarter semiotics, quinoa godard dreamcatcher hexagon pop-up hoodie.

my guilty pleasure

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Ice cream. Microdosing gochujang keffiyeh salvia. Hoodie knausgaard art party.

Photos! Hashtag fashion axe palo santo fanny pack, ramps cornhole messenger bag asymmetrical direct trade slow-carb everyday carry chartreuse tofu godard.

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white wine

Cold weather





foreign country


red wine

warm weather

Where I stand on the super important stuff... Agree / disagree? 

“Holy smokes this PowerPoint is amazing! She built in AVID strategies and made the explanation of note taking much simpler and interactive. This is a fantastic resource and highly recommended to new to AVID teachers (like myself) to best understand focused note taking. ”

so they say:

for Secondary Teachers and Counselors

16 Essential Lessons to Get Your Students College and Career Ready!

College and Career Readiness Curriculum Planning Guide

Better than Free Donuts!

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