Jennifer Hall (Jen) has been an educator for more than twenty-two years and currently serves as one of Atlanta Public Schools' Educational Technology Specialists (ETS). As a member of the district's Instructional Technology Department, Jen collaborates with teachers to integrate technology in their standards-based lessons, works with students, and provides school-based trainings, as well as district-wide professional development.
Jen has presented at national, state and regional conferences including ISTE, ECET2 Atlanta, GaETC, NCTIES, FETC, SC Midlands Summit, Peach State EdTechTeam Summit, Georgia STEAM Forum, DENATL, Discovery Education Fall VirtCon, Day of Discovery and the Discovery Educator Network Summer Institute (DENSI).
Jen is a 2018 winner of the Discovery Education Community DENny Expertise Award and has served on the Discovery Education Leadership Council for the last three years.
Jen is a Google Certified Educator & Trainer and is passionate about all things #edtech.
Before becoming an ETS, Jen had the joy of being a middle school language arts teacher for seventeen years, teaching gifted language arts for nine years.
Along with teaching gifted ELA classes, she served as the Grade Level Director of the Gifted & Talented Academy, Communications Ambassador (Managing the school's website, Twitter, Facebook, & Youtube channel), School-Level Gifted Contact for the District, and was the "unofficial" school photographer.
Jen's passion is technology integration and curriculum development. Her former students would tell you that she loves all things tech. In 2014, she served as one of the district's first Demonstration Classroom Teachers.
In 2013, Jen was selected as one of 10 Atlanta Public Schools' educators to receive the Atlanta Families' Award for Excellence in Education (AFAEE). The award afforded her the opportunity to expand her Shakespeare Student Film Project. One of her proudest moments as an educator, was having her 8th graders featured on WSBTV's People 2 People.
Jen served as a curriculum writer for the district's Gifted and Talented Department and her thematic units/lessons have been utilized throughout the school district.
During the 2011-2012 school year Jen was selected as one of five national teachers of the year by izzit.org. She has been recognized as a Georgia Distinguished Educator of the Year for middle school.
In 2005-2006 she was J.E. Brown’s Teacher of the Year (TOTY) and an Atlanta Public Schools Middle School Teacher of the Year Semi-Finalist.
Before moving to Atlanta she taught 6th, 7th & 8th grade language arts, for five years, in an Alternative Education program in Tallahassee, Florida.
Jen holds both a bachelors and maters degree from Florida State University.
Jen is proud to be a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) in the area of Early Adolescence – English/Language Arts.
In her spare time, Jen is an avid traveler andphotographer. www.jlhallphotos.com
In the News, Media & Blogs
TalkUp APS - DENSI (August 2018)
Georgia Public Broadcasting Blog (Jun 2018)
SOS Story - Discovery Education (Apr 2018)
Certified BrainPOP Educator of the Month (Nov 2017)
DEN Community Member of the Week (Mar 2016)
Vocabulary.com Event (Mar 2017)
Talk Up APS (Oct 2013)
Atlanta Families Winner (Oct 2013)