Jennifer Wyld

Elementary Course Assistant

Portland, OR



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> Joined MNW in 2018
> PhD, Science Education, Free Choice Learning, Oregon State University, 2015
> NAMTA Adolescent Orientation, 2006
> AMS Adolescent Training, 2004
> AMI Elementary Diploma, 1999
> Ongoing classroom experience, middle school math & science teacher

What I do at MNW
I support the elementary trainers and students.

School subject

A surprising skill
Connecting people to each other or to relevant resources.

Words to live by
"The more I am motivated by love, the more fearless and free my actions will be." - Dalai Lama XIV

A hobby

Coast or Mountains?
Both! I moved to the Pacific Northwest so I didn't have to choose! But to be honest, I like to look at mountains more than I like to visit them, whereas I do go to the coast to be on the coast...

A favorite food

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Jennifer Wyld has a PhD in Science and Math Education, with an emphasis on Free Choice Learning, an M.Ed. from Loyola University, an AMI Elementary diploma, an AMS Secondary I diploma, and has completed the NAMTA Orientation to Adolescence. Jennifer began her work in Montessori education as the assistant in a primary class in a preschool in 1987, and has worked with all ages, toddler through adults in both private, public charter, and university settings. She is currently on the board of directors of the Mt. St Helen's Institute. Her graduate research focused on the Maker Education movement as a way to explore hands-on, learner centered education in a different setting.  She and her partner, Mark, lived in Eugene, Oregon from 1999-2014, when they relocated to their current home in Vancouver, Washington. They have two daughters who attended Montessori through middle school.  Their oldest just completed the Montessori Elementary training at MNW last year and is off in Switzerland working in a bilingual Montessori elementary program, and their younger daughter is pursuing a MILS with the goal of being a children's librarian.   Jennifer enjoys long walks, knitting, chocolate, and almost any movie (that is not too scary or violent), and is passionate about environmental and social justice education.  She is excited to join MNW as the elementary course assistant and help dream up ways to make the training more accessible and engaging for adults, while remaining true to the Montessori philosophy and pedagogy.