Director of Education
Dr. Jennifer Page
With her diverse background in education spanning traditional academia, K-12 education, teacher professional development, and out-of-school, place-based learning, Dr. Jennifer Page is adept at facilitating transformational learning experiences that affirm people’s individual strengths and personal experiences.
As Director of Education for the Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership, Jenn is helping to develop change agents through innovative science education programs that involve students in community focused, applied research. The core of her work revolves around supporting educators to design and facilitate these meaningful experiences for students, whether that is working with her own staff or with classroom teachers on opportunities they will implement in their own schools. For half of the year, Jenn works on Hurricane Island itself: a 125-acre, off-the-grid island in Midcoast Maine where students are immersed in the natural world and leave their electronic devices behind. The rest of the year she is based in Rockland, Maine and focuses on partnerships with local schools and collaborative work with other local and regional non-profits.
Before joining Hurricane Island, Jenn taught for two years in the School of Marine Sciences at the University of Maine as a post-doc followed by 5 years as a science instructor at Bangor High School. While at Bangor High, Jenn was a passionate Speech & Debate coach, served as the district’s Chemical Hygiene Safety Officer, and helped develop the school’s rigorous STEM Academy. She also spent several summers at the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory with Bangor students as a Visiting Researcher helping to restore historical eelgrass habitat. Throughout her career she has found the greatest joy through helping students fully realize their potential and comes alive as a dedicated and supportive mentor.
Jenn holds a BS in Marine Science from the University of Maine and a PhD in Biology from the Georgia Institute of Technology. In addition to her work with Hurricane she currently serves on the Board of the Maine Environmental Education Association and is a reviewer for several professional journals in the education field. When she is relaxing Jenn spends as much quiet time at home as possible with her husband. She loves cuddling with her two cats while Bullet Journaling or knitting and enjoys listening to productivity podcasts while walking around her neighborhood.