1st: Jennifer Catriana

After hearing about Progressive and loving its educational philosophy and ideals of service, unity, and meditation, Jennifer returned to school to get a master’s degree in education so that she could apply to work there. After being lucky enough to get a student teaching position under an inspiring mentor in first grade, she had the good fortune to be able to join the Progressive family. She often tells people that she now has the cutest job in the world; watching children learn and grow makes every day special.

A bit of a cat lady (and turtle/tortoise fan), Jennifer also enjoys bird watching, weaving, reading, visiting the Farm Sanctuary, making microloans on Kiva, cooking her way through vegan cookbooks, and spending time with her family. She also enjoys collecting and posting poetry and quotations (on her walls and online). Here are two quotations she would like to share:

“Mastery of life depends on mastering the mind. If we want to grow to our fullest human stature, the Buddha would say, all we have to do is teach the mind to think differently; how to be calm, kind, and creative in any situation.” -–Eknath Easwaran

“All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love.” — Leo Tolstoy