Ignite. Empower. Imagine.

Jenni Kumanchik

Some people are born teachers. Jenni’s journey in becoming a teacher truly exemplifies this statement. It was at a young age that Jenni discovered her passion for education, and in Kindergarten when she declared her love for school and determined she was destined to become a teacher! While growing up, Jenni was a active kiddo. When she wasn’t riding her bike, she could be found on the soccer field, on the basketball court, in the swimming pool, or even on the balance beam. Even now Jenni continues her passion for sport through avid participation in local duathlons, running, and cycling events.

Jenni earned her Bachelor’s of Education in Health and Physical Education from Gonzaga University. She found her niche working with special populations after completing a practicum experience in Adapted PE. Upon graduating, Jenni worked as an Adapted PE Specialist with Evergreen Public Schools for several years while concurrently working with community partners to coach specialized athletics/recreation. In 2012, Jenni returned to Spokane where she obtained her Master’s of Science in Physical Education with a concentration in Biomechanics. Presently, Jenni plans to finish her Doctorate of Philosophy in Health and Human Performance from Concordia University, Chicago.

As an educator Jenni firmly believes that each student possesses a unique assortment of special skills and talents. She views dyslexia as a multifactorial entity, in that it affects each individual differently. Jenni strives to create an inclusive environment in which every student can experience success. To accommodate for diverse learning needs Jenni employs a variety of evidence-based instructional strategies. Although she doesn’t expect everyone to be the best at everything, she does expect that they will try their best regardless of the activity. Students are exposed to a variety of athletic, recreational, and fitness activities in addition to an assortment of health concepts. Thus, students are not graded on skill mastery or acquisition, but the quality of their participation. Ultimately, Jenni hopes to instill within each student an intrinsic desire to seek lifelong health and wellness.

Although she was born in California, Jenni considers herself to be a Pacific Northwest lifer! Regardless of the season she loves to be outdoors and in the mountains. When she’s not teaching or exploring the great outdoors, Jenni enjoys spending quality time with her 19-year-old Jack Russell Terrier, Lucky.

Email: jkumanchik@parkacademy.org

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