Jennifer is a Senior Lecturer in Primary Professional Studies. She also convenes the master's level modules for the PGCE Primary cohorts at St Mary’s which focus on reflective practice and contemporary issues in primary education. Jennifer is passionate about student voice and coordinates the student representatives group for the PGCE primary cohort.
Before joining St Mary’s in 2016, Jennifer completed her master's in Education at Murdoch University and gained a wide range of experience working as a primary teacher, middle-level leader, and ITE mentor in both UK and International schools. Jennifer has experience of teaching from Early Years to Year 6 and has also worked in a specialist pupil referral unit for children and young people aged 8-18. She has led teams of teachers, teaching assistants, and additional support staff. Jennifer has additional held roles as an educational consultant, leading CPD for early career and experienced teachers, promoting communities of practice and designing workshops for children across the United Arab Emirates. Jennifer is committed to supporting the inclusion of all learners and is passionate about promoting intercultural understanding and challenging unconscious bias in her practice.
Throughout her work in education, Jennifer has developed a commitment to promoting and protecting the wellbeing of teachers and learners alike. She is actively engaged in cross-sector research and resource development to support wellbeing in education and is committed to empowering early career teachers to prioritise wellbeing in their classrooms.
I really value the work I get to do as a personal tutor. Getting to know a small group of students really well feels a bit like having a class of my own. We learn together and I am really committed to supporting them both academically and pastorally throughout their course.
Teaching is the best job in the world and, in my opinion, one of the most challenging! It's an absolute privilege but also an incredibly busy job. Sharing ideas in groups, reflecting together and playing your part in a team can make it all so much more manageable and enjoyable.
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Moldavan, A., Edwards-Leis, C. and Murray, J (2022). ‘Design and pedagogical implications of a digital learning platform to promote well-being in teacher education’, Teaching and Teacher Education, Volume 115, 1-11