Jennifer “J.D.” Gladden
- Academic Dean
- MEd, Harvard University
- BA, Wesleyan College
J.D. is Associate Head of School for Academic Affairs. She is in her sixth year working at SEGL. She came to SEGL from Harvard University, where she earned her Master’s degree in International Education Policy. At Harvard, she served as Co-President of Voices for Africa, an initiative that taught African history and leadership to Boston Public School students. Prior to her graduate studies, she taught U.S. History and Modern World History at the Pomfret School in Pomfret, Connecticut. At Pomfret, she created and led courses on Genocide in Africa, The History of Apartheid, and Pan-African Nationalism; she also created and led trips to Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa, to teach and tutor young children in underserved schools. In 2007, she spent the summer volunteering at Lola Ya Bonobo, a sanctuary for endangered apes in Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and in 2008 she spent the summer as a student journalist in Ghana. Before teaching at Pomfret, she taught at the Island School semester program’s Deep Creek Middle School in the Bahamas, worked in outreach education at the Philadelphia Zoo, and taught SAT preparation courses in Philadelphia public schools as part of a citywide effort to improve performance in low access communities.
J.D. is a recipient of 2014-15 and 2015-16 grants from SEGL’s Gray Pedersen Fund for Teaching Excellence. Her grants enable her to participate in a monthly “Mastermind” coaching workshop with other division leaders at DC-area schools.