Jen Dowty

Jen Dowty

Selma Lead Teacher - 6th Grade

jennifer.dowty@larchmontcharter.org

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After getting my Masters in education, I spent a few years balancing part-time teaching with a music career. During the day, I worked one-on-one with kids in math and writing, and at night, I played bass in a rock band. I eventually decided to commit to teaching full-time, working at a school in the suburbs of Boston. After a particularly harsh winter, my husband and I decided to move to sunny Los Angeles. Best decision ever! I love everything about the city: the beach, the mountains, the music, the food, and especially the people I've met through LCS.

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Where did you go to school and what was your major?
For undergrad, I went to Boston University. My major was film, and I also had a liberal arts concentration in French language and literature. I got my master's of elementary education at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. My focus there was the creative arts in learning.

What is your highest degree held?
M.Ed.

Why did you want to be a teacher/work in education?
I spent my first year after college as a nanny for two elementary aged kids. I discovered that I loved reading with them, helping them with their homework, and watching them learn and grow. I loved having an impact on their lives and realized I wanted to do something bigger, so I decided to pursue a degree in education.

How long have you been teaching/working in education?
I began my graduate studies in 2006 and have been teaching full-time since 2011.

What is your favorite thing about LCS?
I love working in a school that values constructivist learning, creativity, and diversity, but my absolute favorite thing about LCS is the amazing Edible School Yard lunch!

What was your favorite book when you were the age of your students?
The Giver by Lois Lowry came out when I was 11 years old, and it was the first dystopian novel I had ever read. It helped shape my love of the genre for years to come.