Mt. Pulaski Grade School Hires Instructional Coach
Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Jenny Mendenhall is excited and ready to join the team at Mt. Pulaski as an Instructional Coach. Jenny grew up just down the road in Riverton. Upon high school graduation, she attended LLCC and UIS for undergrad degrees in communications and elementary education; she then completed her master's degree in elementary education at WIU. She later earned her administrative certification through the principalship program at UIS. Jenny currently lives in Williamsville with her husband, Mike (a structural engineer), and two sons, Ryan (14) and Andrew (11). Both boys stay busy with school and competitive sports. Family excursions typically involve baseball tournaments throughout the Midwest in the spring and summer, football games in the fall, and basketball through the winter months. When they're not traveling for sports, they enjoy competing against one another in pickleball, spending time with family, and cheering on the St. Louis Cardinals. Jenny has served in various roles since beginning her career in education, all of which have contributed to her expanding passion for teaching and learning. For 13 years, she taught in the classroom at the elementary, intermediate, and junior high levels. For a couple of years while teaching, she acted as an instructional technology coach working directly with teachers to integrate technology into the curriculum and lesson planning. She's also served in administration, most recently as a special education administrator. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to join Mt. Pulaski and can't wait to get to know the students and staff. She's looking forward to doing what she loves most in education - working alongside students, staff, and families not only to build relationships and make a positive impact, but to continually learn and grow together as well!