Jenna Wachtel is the Director of Early Learning at the New Teacher Center, a national non-profit organization dedicated to improving student learning by accelerating the effectiveness of teachers and school leaders. After completing her graduate work at Stanford University, Jenna began teaching kindergarten and first grade in East Palo Alto, CA. Throughout her career, Jenna taught in early learning classrooms at regular public and charter schools in both high- and low-income communities. She has earned National Board Certification in Early and Middle Childhood Literacy, was named one of Splashlife’s 30 Under 30 Innovative Educators and participated in the Skoll World forum as an Emerging Young Leader.
In her role leading NTC’s Early Learning initiative, Jenna supports teachers, coaches, school leaders and district and community systems to provide high quality early learning opportunities to 3, 4 and 5 year olds through a comprehensive professional development structure. Her work has focused in California, Oklahoma, New York and Hawaii and continues to grow as NTC scales its support for Early Learning across the country.