Meet Jennifer

December 22, 2017

Who am I? 

My lifelong passion for the initiation of family led me to an undergraduate minor in developmental psychology and then onward to a credential in Montessori early childhood education and certifications in a spectrum of birth doula support modalities and infant massage education.  In recent years my ultimate dream would be realized: creating an environment that inspires families to thoughtfully witness their children revealing the unique treasures of their being.  The work of Magda Gerber lays at the heart of this ultimate dream.  When the RIE® Foundations™ course arrived in San Francisco with Associates Patty Ryan & Gail Nadal in 2015 I leapt right in!  I just recently completed a wonderful journey through Practicum™ with Lee Fernandez and greatly hope to continue on this pathway as an Intern™.  Since 2011 I’ve offered birth, postpartum and private caregiving support to families, and I now offer parent-infant and parent-toddler classes, called “Free to Be…” as well as private family consulting and public workshops.  I additionally have the honor of supporting my county’s Early Head Start Expectant Families Program providing staff trainings, direct staff support and postpartum wellness home visits with new families.  In all these capacities I get to model the Educaring® Approach and expand awareness of this deeply connective and transformative practice within diverse communities and across a broad span of interests.  What blessings!


How did you find FORM?

The lovely Carolyn Paetzel reached out and I’ve since been quite blessed to “meet” several amazing RIE® advocates and practitioners through FORM.


What aspect of the Educaring® Approach resonates with you the most and why?

TRUST.  This practice has transformed my way of being with people.  Specifically, meeting children (and adults, myself, included!) where they are, and appreciating what they can do, while fully trusting their innate capacity to learn and grow from their experiences, rather than focusing on what they are not yet doing.  Trusting that we all “get there,” in our own way, in our own time.


What are you most grateful for?

Being blessed with a husband and partner in life who has wholeheartedly supported me in achieving all of my hopes and dreams, even when he didn’t understand what I was doing.


What is one thing you do for yourself? Or what would you like to do for yourself?

Explore Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement classes


If your life was a book or song, what would the title be?

Homer’s Odyssey


What was your favorite book as a child?

The World Book Encyclopedia, the Bicentennial edition.


What teacher inspired you the most? How?

Ms. Long, for valuing and cultivating the artist in me as much as the academic


What 3 words best describe you?

Tenacious, passionate, whimsical


What is the best question anyone has asked you?

How soon can you be in Berkeley?

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