BIOJennifer E. Elemen, Ed.D. serves as an educational administrator at the Monterey County Office of Education; lecturer at California State University, Monterey Bay; president of the Bay Area Council for the Social Studies; and Region 5 representative of the History-Social Science Subcommittee of the Curriculum and Instruction Steering Committee (CISC) of the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA). She has taught students and supported educators in programs including AVID, AP, GLAD, History-Social Science, Language and Literacy, Peer Assistance and Review (PAR), Peer Resources, Teacher Induction, and Upward Bound. She received the Outstanding Secondary Educator of the Year Award from the California Council for the Social Studies (in 2016), School Improvement Dissertation of the Year Award from the University of West Georgia (in 2016), Teacher of the Year Award from John F. Kennedy High School (in 2014), Civic Learning Award from the California Department of Education and California Courts for John F. Kennedy High School, a Title 1 and Gold Ribbon Award winning school in Fremont Unified School District (in 2014), and Volunteer of the Year Award from YMCA of the East Bay for her work with the Youth and Government Program (in 2010). She has presented at several conferences and her research has been published in the Journal of Research in Education, Leadership, the California Educator, and Nova Science Publishers on topics including social science education, civic learning, social justice, literacy, student voice, school culture, and school improvement.
As CCSS Representative for Region 5, I will work collaboratively to increase membership, communications, and networking opportunities to improve social studies and civics education, as well as provide professional learning opportunities and support to educators in our region and state. I am here to serve teachers and students, so please let me know what suggestions you have for improving CCSS Region 5. Connect with me on Twitter @ElGovEcon and e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to planning the CCSS 2019 Conference in San Jose with you, as well as our local events and History-Social Science Framework Implementation Community of Practice, connecting Bay Area and Central Coast history-social science educators with outstanding resources, organizations, and each other!