Jenn Simonds came to CVCS in 2020 following 20 years of teaching in previous Christian schools in Orange County. She dreamed of being a teacher even as she was a young girl. She was most inspired to become a teacher by her father who was a pastor and her high school English teacher; he was always able to make lessons clear and applicable.
As a teacher, Jenn receives the most joy when students demonstrate active participation, willing to ask questions and spur others on to do the same. She actively pushes her classes to practice methods of learning and studying that fit their personalities and abilities best. Whenever possible, Jenn enjoys incorporating technology into classroom activities through introducing review platforms, presentation options, and stimulating web-based activities that allow students to have exposure to and practice with 21st century skills. She is passionate about spiritual, mental and physical health and well-being, believing that personal relationships are essential as we travel on our journey to know Christ more and to reflect His image.
Jenn graduated from Cal State Long Beach with a Bachelor’s Degree in History and then completed her teaching credential in Social Studies at Vanguard University. She has served as an official reader/grader for Advanced Placement History exams for the past five years. In the Spring of 2020, she received the Barrett Luketic Servant’s Life Award in recognition of “Leadership through Service” at Brethren Christian High School in Huntington Beach.
Jenn has been married for 26 years to Joel, who is also a high school social studies teacher. She enjoys participating in half marathons, hiking, cooking, reading for pleasure and personal growth, and watching historical movies and documentaries with her husband.
BA in History, Cal State Long Beach
California single subject teaching credential, Vanguard University