Dr. Jen Spencer
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Dr. Jen Spencer spent eighteen years as an educator in public, private, and home schools teaching students from preschool all the way through high school. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education from Winthrop University in 1996. She then went on to earn a Masters Degree in Elementary Education and a Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Gardner-Webb University, where she was awarded the university’s highest honor for graduate research for her dissertation on writing development within the Mason model.
In 2009 she traveled to Ambleside (in the Lake District of the UK) as part of the team that digitized the Charlotte Mason archives, which are housed at the Armitt Library and Museum. The Charlotte Mason Digital Collection can now be viewed through WorldCat.
In 2011, Jen founded Willow Tree Community School in Shelby, NC ,so that she could have a place to work out and fully implement Mason’s philosophy and methods. She served as principal and teacher there for four years.
Jen currently works from home as an independent education consultant, researcher, and sometimes-blogger at Cuppa With Jen. After serving on the Board of Directors for the Charlotte Mason Institute (CMI) for four years, she moved into the role of Project Manager to spearhead the development of Mason’s Alveary, a comprehensive curriculum and parent training program that was unveiled in June 2016 at the CMI national conference and is now in its pilot year.
When she is not working, Jen enjoys hiking, reading, and supporting her two children in their musical endeavors.