Vice Principal / Junior High Humanities Teacher
Jennifer Thoben grew up in a small town outside of Edmonton, enjoying country life and playing hockey. She graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Education, specializing in secondary education, with a major in social studies and a minor in English language arts. After a year of substitute teaching in Parkland County, she headed south to Calgary and soon began teaching with Tanbridge Academy. She has been with Tanbridge Academy since January 2014, having taught grade six to nine humanities, as well as complementary courses, such as art and culinary arts. Outside of school, Jennifer can be found chasing after her two young children and enjoying mom life, playing women’s hockey, snowboarding during the colder months and camping in the mountains during the warmer months.
As a teacher, Jennifer strives to instill a love of literature in her students and confidence in their abilities as lifelong learners, especially with regard to reading, writing, and citizenship. She believes junior high is such an interesting time in most youth’s lives as they are learning who they are, who they want to be, and what they are passionate about. She enjoys being a part of their journey and watching them evolve into their own unique selves while providing a safe and caring environment for them to try new things and practice new skills and provide any guidance and encouragement that she can.
As an administrator, Jennifer’s primary goal is to offer her support to students, staff, and parents in whatever way possible. She truly enjoys helping in any facet that she can while looking for solutions and ideas that can help the students and school continue to grow and be successful while maintaining the tight-knit community feel. She believes being open to learning new skills, trying new experiences, and being reflective in her practices helps her continue to grow as both a learner and educator.
Jennifer feels so lucky to have spent almost her entire career with Tanbridge Academy. She feels, at their core, the staff is passionate about supporting students’ growth, not only academically and athletically, but also as leaders and members of a phenomenal community. She believes at Tanbridge, the whole person is looked at, not just the athlete or student. Jennifer appreciates the collaborative approach the administration and teaching staff take to see that students and teachers can be as successful as possible at Tanbridge.