Hi! I’m Jenay!
I’m a former elementary school principal with 20 years experience in education. I believe that through shared leadership, and building trust, community, and ownership, schools can create opportunities for the greatest success for our students.
I know that the job is not easy, with demands pulling you in multiple directions at once. In my early years as a school principal, I easily worked 60 hours a week and nights and weekends were the norm. I burned the candle at both ends trying to keep up with managing and leading my school and I was on the road to burnout.
Once I started my family, I had no choice but to create a work style that was sustainable, so I could go home at a decent hour and take care of my babies, be present with my family, and also take care of my own well-being.
I was honored to receive the 2020 Association of California School Administrators Region 8 Elementary Principal of the Year Award, and after 9 years as a site principal, I now serve my district as Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment.
Principal mentorship is my thing!
I support principals both formally and informally and especially love to work with new administrators and I love that I now get to support all sites in my role as Director.
The goal of The Principal Support
is to create and curate resources to help principals and school leaders dial in your work flow and empower your teams so you can accomplish big goals and leave your leadership legacy.
This is where we, as leaders, improve our collective capacity to do great work because, as the saying goes, better leaders make better schools!
We’re in this together!
Little more about me…
I'm A Mom!
My staff and colleagues have been with me through 2 pregnancies and 4 years of sleep deprivation. They are so supportive! When I’m not at work I’m busy raising my two spirited, curious, adorable young daughters. I could really use a nap.
I Love Teachers!
I love teachers so much that I married one! But seriously, my original passion is teaching and I appreciate what it takes to be a great teacher. I especially love to witness teachers evolve over time. It’s magical!
Practicing dedicated and integrated mindfulness has changed how I show up for others. I have presented to teachers and leaders in my district, and classified leaders statewide on practices that boost self-awareness and empathy.