Meet Our Fellows

Jennifer Gallagher
Widener Memorial School
2021 Fall Enrollment: Southwest Native American Art and Culture

I started my teaching career in 1999; I have been teaching in the School District of Philadelphia for the last 22 years.  Currently, I am teaching at the Widener Memorial School.  Now, I might be a little bit biased, but Widener is the best place to teach in the entire city of Philadelphia.  Our school starts with kindergarten and runs straight through to the 12th grade.  The school was designed for students who require physical support and, therefore, is one level, equipped with a swimming pool and on-site therapies.

When I heard about the TIP program from a colleague, I was immediately interested in applying for it.  Over the past 22 years with the School District of Philadelphia, I have had the privilege to work with many amazing colleagues, students and their families.  However, the one thing that I have always felt was lacking, especially for students with special needs was a curriculum designed with them in mind.  Now, I am not talking about a curriculum that has been modified to fit their needs, but a curriculum designed from the start with meeting their needs at the front.  So, I want the next step in my career to be writing a thoughtful, meaningful and challenging curriculum for my students and I saw TIP as an opportunity to do just that now.

I am currently enrolled in the TIP seminar entitled “Southwest Native American Art and Culture” and I have had the unique opportunity to study pieces of art, specifically pottery, textiles and jewelry up close while inside the Penn Museum.