About Mrs. Chandler
Jennifer Chase Chandler started her career teaching elementary school in Gadsden, South Carolina. After moving her students from the 10th percentile to the 50th percentile in third grade, her principal asked her to loop with them to fourth grade, where most of them moved to the 70th percentile or above on a nationally-normed standardized test.
In 2000, Mrs. Chandler moved to E. L. Wright Middle School to develop a new magnet program for students with leadership potential. Using E. D. Hirsch's Core Knowledge Curriculum and Stephen Covey's The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens, Mrs. Chandler was able to move most of her students to Proficient or Advanced in one year. Data-driven instruction and student-led conferencing laid the foundation for solid teaching and learning in this special magnet program which still exists today in Columbia, South Carolina.
While at the Leadership Academy at Wright, Mrs. Chandler earned her National Board Certification in Early Adolescent / English Language Arts, her master's degree in Education with a focus on adolescent literacy, and certification in gifted and talented education. She mentored the Newspaper Club, coached the girls' soccer team, and served as the Language Arts Department Chair. In 2006, Mrs. Chandler decided to move back home to Memphis, Tennessee with her husband, Lauren M. Chandler.
After a brief role as Technology Integrationist at a local private school, Mrs. Chandler moved back to public education as a CLUE instructor, serving gifted students in grades 2 and 3 at Macon Elementary, Jackson Elementary, Wells Station Elementary, Berclair Elementary, Balmoral Elementary, and Cordova Elementary. When White Station Middle opened its new building in 2007, Mrs. Chandler was hired to develop the sixth grade CLUE program. In the summer months, Mrs. Chandler served as Lead Teacher of several CLUE Camps. While teaching sixth grade, she managed 60+ IEPs, served on the Professional Development Advisory Board, and even directed a middle school musical.
The 2009-2010 school brought change to Mrs. Chandler's professional life. White Station Middle School welcomed a new principal, Mr. Shawn Page, and Mrs. Chandler left the classroom to serve as his Lead Teacher. In addition to supporting instructional goals for the school, she served as lead mentor for the school and developed a school-wide writing program that helped to raise test scores in all content areas. Mrs. Chandler was also the school video coordinator for the Measures of Effective Teaching Study funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
In 2011, Mrs. Chandler left her school for a district position in the Academics, Operations, Innovation, and Technology Department where she was a project manager for the Office of Reflective Practice within the Department of Teacher Talent and Effectiveness. She led several projects over the next two years including the reflective practice expansion to 200+ schools using the Teachscape cameras, the No-Nonsense Nurturer classroom management program for secondary classrooms, the Real-Time Teacher Coaching pilot, the tiered coaching pilot to support 200+ schools, and a school culture improvement pilot in five schools across the district. Mrs. Chandler led trainings on all areas of the teacher effectiveness model, improved communication between the district and schools through her work with teacher support, and supported her department with the roll-out of all major projects throughout the year.
In 2013, Mrs. Chandler decided to return to the classroom. Her four years in leadership positions and teacher coaching had taught her much that she wanted to implement directly back in the classroom. She took a position back at White Station Middle as a seventh grade language arts teacher. She was the Master Teacher of the school, serving on the administrative team and as a school-based support provider to teachers through reflective practice and teacher observation.
The start of the 2014-2015 school year brought an opportunity for Mrs. Chandler to serve as a Lead Master Teacher, one of five in the district. She led professional development sessions at the district's coaching institute in July and mentored other middle school Master Teachers with school visits, monthly meetings, and reflective practice support.
In October, Mrs. Chandler was hired to be a member of the Performance Improvement Team (P.I.T.) managing a caseload of six schools by providing support through Learning Coaches, professional development, and teacher observations. She attended leadership meetings at the school site, collaborated with Instructional Leadership Directors in the district, and led district-wide professional development for Learning Coaches, new teachers, and administrators. During the year she supported 7 elementary and K-8 schools, 4 of them became Reward Schools, recognized by the state of TN for their growth on achievement tests.
During the 2015-2016 school year, Jennifer served as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction for grades 3-5 at Cornerstone Preparatory Academy in Memphis, TN. Cornerstone Prep - Lester is part of the Capstone Education Group and serves the amazing children in the Binghampton area of Memphis. She collaborated with school leadership to support teachers, create curriculum maps that provided rigorous instruction and assessments, and build an effective program of academic achievement.
In June of 2016, Mrs. Chandler was hired to serve Shelby County Schools as the Literacy Advisor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Within her two years in this role, she supported the creation of ELA curriculum for grades K-12 and led the development of curriculum maps for grades 6-12. She led the EL Curriculum Pilot for grades 6-8, and its success prompted the district to obtain a waiver from the TN Department of Education for EL to become the middle school adopted curriculum. While in this role, Mrs. Chandler would write curriculum maps, create professional development, procure curricular materials, and communicate literacy priorities with key stakeholders.
During these 20 years in education, Mrs. Chandler has taught all grades second through seventh and coached teachers from all grades kindergarten through twelfth grade. She recently renewed her National Board Certification, which will be in effect until 2024. She earned her Administrator's License (TN) in 2012 after completing a thorough leadership program at Christian Brothers University. In 2020, Mrs. Chandler began working on her doctorate in education with a focus on instructional design from Northcentral University.
Mrs. Chandler currently serves as the supervisor of the CLUE Program for Shelby County Schools. CLUE (Creative Learning in a Unique Environment) serves 4,000+ students in the 17th largest public school district in the nation. She supports 115 teachers who are based throughout the district and has led the implementation of a universal screener that is providing equity of access to advanced coursework for students in grades K-8 in her district. This screener ensured that by 2020 every elementary school in Shelby County Schools had at least one student being served through the CLUE program. Currently, she is leading the design of CLUE.EDU, a Google classroom portal through which any student may explore and learn during this time of social distancing.
Mrs. Chandler enjoys presenting professional ideas to other educators. She has presented to all levels and in both public and private school settings. Some presentations are content based while others focus on teaching strategies, classroom management strategies, technology integration, and managing teacher tools.
Please contact Mrs. Chandler if you are interested in having her present to your group. She is available to present one of the topics listed below or can customize a professional development session to meet your needs. The list below represents the highlights of Mrs. Chandler's presentation experience.