Graduate Education Ambassador: Jenny Neff
Meet student ambassador Jenny Neff. Our ambassadors are exceptional students who have been selected by faculty to represent the Immaculata University graduate student experience.
Jenny lives in Collegeville, PA. She began Immaculata’s K-12 Principal Certification program in 2006 and entered the Ed.D. in K-12 Educational Leadership program in 2009. In addition to being a student, Jenny is an instrumental music teacher at Bala Cynwyd Middle School.
What are your interests and hobbies?
I am in my twenty-third year of teaching music in public schools. I enjoy mentoring new teachers and advocating for the arts. I serve on the professional development committee for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association for Bucks & Montgomery counties (District 11).
My recent research includes the areas of curriculum, instruction, and teacher evaluation. I have always had an interest in psychology and discovering how people learn.
What brought you here to Immaculata?
Immaculata has a well-respected graduate program in education. It is close by, and I love the fact that the professors have had real-world experiences in education. They are supportive and offer great advice when needed. The course schedule is very work-friendly.
What are your goals?
I will continue to develop my role as a leader in the classroom. I would consider leadership roles in administration, but I love what I do, so it would have to be a great position for me to leave. Having the doctorate will open avenues to other opportunities, and I’m open to considering these. I think long-term I see myself helping new teachers and/or teaching methods classes to education majors, music or otherwise.
What has your experience been like at Immaculata?
I have loved attending Immaculata and getting to know my colleagues and professors. Our course discussions have been thought-provoking, resourceful, informative, and inspiring.