Jenny is a Partner with Transcend’s School Design Services. She supports school teams and leaders in their work to reimagine school and to design extraordinary and equitable experiences for all.
Jenny is the former principal of Phillips Middle School in Edgecombe County Public Schools and co-founder of the North-Phillips School of Innovation, a community-rooted school model which provides students a liberating education focused on passion, purpose, resilience, student agency, and social and economic change. Jenny and the NPSI team collaborated closely with their community to design aligned graduate aims, design anchors, and signature learning experiences, including houses, an advisory time called Banner, and interdisciplinary Design for Change projects. This work led to a dynamic school culture focused on love, learning, and belonging.
Jenny began her teaching career as a Peace Corps volunteer, teaching middle grades Math and English in Burkina Faso, West Africa. She went on to teach high school Math in Eastern North Carolina as a Teach For America corps member at Warren County High School. Jenny believes that Math is life.
Jenny holds a Master of School Administration degree as part of North Carolina State University’s Northeast Leadership Academy (NELA). She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from SUNY Geneseo in French and International Relations. She is currently on the boards of Profound Ladies and the Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership. Jenny lives in Warrenton, North Carolina where she spends her time solving all kinds of puzzles, playing softball, hiking, and podcasting with her dear friend Donnell Cannon on The Hummingbird Stories.