Jennifer (Jen) S. Dean currently teaches English and serves as department head at Leander Middle School just north of Austin, Texas. She is also the founder of All Girls Considered, a podcast dedicated to telling the stories of inspiring women and girls.
Jennifer received a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Texas at Arlington (2005) magna cum laude and an M.A. in Teaching (2014) from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Prior to her current professional and scholarly roles, Jennifer was the National Research Assistant at 826 National in San Francisco in addition to working in museum administration at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth.
Jennifer has published on the relationship between education policy and perceptions of teachers in the media. She also researches and writes about the development of student voice through classroom curriculums. As a 2017-8 recipient of the Germanacos Fellowship for Sharing History, Jennifer pushes the boundaries of oral history storytelling to develop student voice while fostering familial and community connections. Finally, Jennifer also works to create sustainable partnerships between schools and cultural institutions that share a commitment to social justice and student voice within the larger community.