Jennifer Chidsey is an innovative and experienced educator focused on designing and developing new school models and programs. Her focus is addressing the future of learning, promoting international perspectives and developing capacity in other educators. She is the founder and CEO of Ammonite Education, LLC, an education organization providing services in curriculum design, staff development, school and new program design, and grant writing.
She was formerly president and chief academic officer of Ross Institute, where she provided inspired leadership and clear directives for the school’s diverse faculty and staff. In addition, Jennifer ensured excellence and rigor of the Ross Learning System and its physical and intellectual assets including content, assessments and professional development. While at Ross Institute, she also held the roles of chief education officer, chief operating officer, and co-director of Ross Institute Sweden.
Jennifer was also director of data services and curriculum for the Asia Society’s International Studies Schools Network and director of K–12 Initiatives at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. She has taught elementary, secondary, postsecondary, and graduate students in public, public charter, independent school and university settings.
Jennifer holds a bachelor’s degree in education and social policy from Northwestern University, a certificate of advanced study in educational leadership at the University of Pennsylvania, a certificate in critical and creative thinking from the University of Massachusetts, and has completed graduate work in science education emphasizing teacher preparation, informal science learning, and geoscience education from the University of Iowa. She is currently completing her doctoral degree at the University of Southern California.
Jenn is a graduate of Medina City Schools in Ohio, where her teachers instilled in her a love for science that led to an undergraduate research project mapping the genes on the 4th chromosome of the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster. To this day, with an unaided eye she can tell you something about the genetics of any fruit fly she comes across. She credits Jeanne Pritchard, a high school teacher and mentor whom she still seeks out today, with helping her learn to work within and around school systems. In her spare time, Jenn loves running, kayaking, hiking, and traveling.