Jenna grew up in the Columbia Valley, which the Columbia River runs through and is the unceded territories of her ancestors' the Secwépemc and Ktunaxa people. She is a teacher, mother, wife, daughter, and friend.
She loves to learn and finished her Masters of Special Education in 2021. She is on a learning journey about her culture, traditional teachings, languages, and knowledge of nature.
Jenna became the District Vice-Principal of Indigenous Learning and Equity in School District No. 6 (Rocky Mountain) in the 2021-2022 school year. Within her role, she strives to bring understanding and change through Truth and Reconciliation, partnering with the Secwépemc, Ktunaxa and Métis people and continued learning and teachings.
This past year, Jenna partnered with Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network (CBEEN) and the Outdoor Learning Store to offer the Every Child Matters Year-long Learning Challenge for over 100 schools/organizations and over 1000 people to support them in deepening their understanding of Indigenous knowledge, culture, history, challenges, and perspectives.
When asked about what she is most looking forward to in her second year as the DVP for Indigenous Learning and Equity, Jenna said, "I am looking forward to building stronger relationships in schools, continuing the great work our Team has been doing, continue to learn about my culture, and bringing more local Indigenous learning, equity and outdoor education to SD6".
In her spare time, Jenna loves to snowboard, mountain bike, run, hike, skate, paddleboard, camp, and surf with her family and loves any opportunity to bring students outdoors.