BIOJennifer E. Elemen, Ed.D. serves as an Educational Administrator at the Monterey County Office of Education; Lecturer at California State University, Monterey Bay; Region 5 Director of the California Council for the Social Studies (CCSS); 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); and Region 5 CLIC (Content, Literacy, Inquiry, and Citizenship) Project Lead. 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 Diane L. Brooks Administrative Award (in 2019) and the Outstanding Secondary Educator of the Year Award (in 2016) from the California Council for the Social Studies; 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 presents at 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 Central Area Vice President, I will work collaboratively to increase membership, communications, and networking opportunities to improve social studies and civic education, as well as provide professional learning opportunities and support to educators in our area and state. I am here to serve teachers and students, so please let me know what suggestions you have for improving CCSS. Connect with me on Twitter @ElGovEcon and email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to planning the CCSS 2020, organizing local events, and engaging in history-social science communities of practice with you; connecting educators with outstanding resources, organizations, and each other!