Jennifer Fletcher is an associate professor of English at California State University, Monterey Bay. Before joining the faculty at CSUMB, she taught high school English for more than ten years in southern California.
"My current teaching assignment gives me a wonderful opportunity to combine my love of literature and rhetoric with my commitment to K-12 students and teachers, because I teach courses in British literature, Shakespeare, grammar, multicultural young adult literature, and composition to future teachers," Jennifer says. In addition to coordinating and teaching in CSUMB's English Subject Matter Preparation Program, she also leads professional learning sessions for high school English teachers as part of the statewide implementation of CSU's Expository Reading and Writing Course.
Jennifer says that she came from a family of teachers and, long before she considered joining the profession, she saw how much joy and fulfillment it could bring. "I'd noticed that teachers do what they do for the fun of it, that you can't get teachers to stop talking about their jobs, and that teachers tend to treat their work as their hobby, often attending conferences or workshops during weekend or vacations, and often on their own dime," she explains. "I'd watched my mom, who taught elementary school for roughly thirty years and was honored as an Orange County Teacher of the Year in 1997, grade and plan and prepare and call parents and decorate her classroom and shop for supplies, all in her 'free' time, and I understood that it wasn't hyperbole when teachers said they love their jobs so much that they'd do it even if they didn't get paid."
"Teaching is like hosting a party," Jennifer says of her love for the profession. "Loads of planning and preparation and then great excitement to see who shows up and how it all turns out. I love the in-the-moment energy of a class that's learning together, and I feel totally self-indulgent when I get to be a learner, too."
Jennifer's areas of specialty include Victorian literature, rhetoric and writing, adolescent literacy, academic preparation, cross-disciplinary collaborations, and academic literacy skills.
Jennifer lives in Seaside, California, with her husband, Ken; son, Dryden; and daughter, Ellerie. She loves reading, book clubs, writing groups, gardening, hiking, and travel.