Jennifer Hall (Jen) has been an educator for more than twenty-three 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 training, as well as district-wide professional development.
Jen is a Google Certified Innovator & Trainer and as well as a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert is passionate about all things #edtech.
Jen has presented at international, national, state, and regional conferences including ISTE, ECET2 Atlanta, GaETC, NCTIES, FETC, SC Midlands Summit, Peach State EdTechTeam Summit, Georgia STEAM Forum, UpState, DENATL, Discovery Education Fall VirtCon, Day of Discovery and the Discovery Educator Network Summer Institute and was the featured presenter for the Tech Tips Tuesdays webinar series hosted by GPB (Georgia Public Broadcasting).
Jen is a 2019 winner of the RJ Stangherlin Award from the Discovery Education Community as well as a 2018 DENny Award for Expertise and has served on the Discovery Education Leadership Council for the last four years.
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 for six years, the Communications Ambassador (managing the school's website, Twitter, Facebook, & Youtube channel), the 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.
In 2005-2006 she was Brown Middle School's Teacher of the Year (TOTY) and was Middle School Teacher of the Year Semi-Finalist for Atlanta Public Schools.
Before moving to Atlanta she taught 6th, 7th & 8th grade language arts, for five years, at an Alternative Education program in Tallahassee, Florida.
Jen holds both a bachelors and masters 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 and photographer. www.jlhallphotos.com