An old adage claims that people are born teachers; for Jenni, this statement rings true. As a young girl, she loved playing “school” with her friends and determined early on in kindergarten that she wanted to become a teacher. Athletics also played a significant role in her life; Jenni participated in a multitude of sports, her favorite being gymnastics. She combined her passions for sports and academics while earning her Bachelor’s of Education in Health and Physical Education from Gonzaga University. Jenni discovered her niche after completing a practicum teaching experience in Adapted PE and coaching for Special Olympics while at Gonzaga.

 

Upon graduating, Jenni worked as an Adapted PE Specialist with Evergreen Public Schools for several years. Concurrently, she worked with numerous community partners to organize/coach specialized recreation and adapted athletics in Vancouver, WA. In 2012, Jenni returned to Spokane where she attended Eastern Washington University and obtained her Master’s of Science in Physical Education with a concentration in Biomechanics. Currently, Jenni is in the midst of completing her Doctorate of Education with concentrations in Educational Leadership and Curriculum & Instruction at Concordia University. Most recently, she continued to work as a substitute educator and Elementary PE Specialist in Vancouver, WA when she received notification of an opening at Park Academy for a Health & Physical Education Teacher. Upon shadowing and volunteering in the PE classes for several days, Jenni fell in love with the students, staff, and knew she had found her new home.

 

Although she was born in California, Jenni considers herself to be a Pacific Northwest lifer! She lives in Vancouver, WA with her 16-year-old Jack Russell Terrier named Lucky. Regardless of the season, Jenni loves to be outdoors! This past summer she completed a three-day trek through the crater and to the summit of Mt. St. Helen’s. She also enjoys running and cycling; in spring/summer months she is an avid duathlete. Jenni also enjoys cheering on her Gonzaga Bulldogs and the Portland Timbers!

Jenni Kumanchik
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