Get to know one of Project Respect’s classroom facilitators, Jenn!


Q: When I was a kid, I wanted to grow up to be…

A: I changed my mind a lot! Teacher, puppeteer, architect, graphic designer.


Q: How did you end up at Project Respect?

A: I was a co-dean with Brock Rohrer at a camp in Indiana for several summers, and he told me I should apply with Project Respect.


Q: What do you love most about working with Project Respect?

A: I love the team! It’s a really fun group of people. I also just really love the information we have to share with students. I wish someone had taught me a lot of the stuff we teach when I was a kid.


Q: Favorite ice cream flavor?

A: Green Tea or Carrot Cake ice cream from Sparky’s in Columbia, Missouri.


Q: What food can you not go without?

A: Tacos.


Q: What’s one of your best memories as a child?

A: My family went to Myrtle Beach every summer when I was growing up with my grandpa, aunt and uncle, and my 3 cousins. We stayed in a different house right on the beach for a week, and I have a lot of fond memories of the times there, as well as the trips there and back.


Q: If I could go anywhere in the world…

A: I’ve always wanted to go to Spain during La Tomatina. It’s a festival based off of a peasant revolt where they threw tomatoes at soldiers. They line the buildings with giant sheets of plastic and bring truckloads of tomatoes into the city for a giant tomato fight. The pictures look like tomato soup poured over everything.


Q: People might be surprised to know…

A: I know how to play drums (decently) and skateboard (super beginner level).


Q: When I’m not in the classroom, I’m most likely to be found…

A: Playing Nintendo 64, reading, hanging out with students from my youth group or skateboarding.


Q: How do you relax?

A: I like to walk around in nature or go star-gazing.


Q: What was the last movie, TV show or book that made you emotional, cry or tear up?

A: Probably The Greatest Showman, it’s so good.


Q: Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?

A: My mom.


Q: Would you like to be famous? In what way?

A: Nah, I wouldn’t want all that pressure and attention.


Q: What would constitute a perfect day for you?

A: Sleep in, wake up, drive around with friends, check out cool little restaurants, food trucks or coffee shops, skateboard, be in nature, eat sushi, have deep/meaningful conversations into the night with friends and family.