Jenessa teaches our middle school English-Language Arts classes through a collaboration with our Global Research and Jewish Studies teachers. With an emphasis in writing and publications, Jenessa supports students’ online learning portfolios and gives students an opportunity to participate in the iterative process embedded in the Writer’s Workshop model. In addition, Jenessa offers an elective class in Performing Arts to middle school and upper elementary students and teaches Advisory and Avodah/Service Learning.
Jenessa Schwartz is a proud Yavneh graduate (class of 1993) and is thrilled to be joining the Yavneh faculty. She graduated with a BA in English and Theatre from Warren Wilson College and returned to the Bay Area to work as a Stage Manager in local theaters. During that time, Jenessa also began tutoring and discovered a passion for teaching. She went back to school and received a Masters in Education from NYU. Jenessa loves talking with students about literature, helping them make connections between the characters in books and themselves. She also enjoys helping students become confident writers who can ably and eloquently express themselves.
In her spare time, Jenessa enjoys practicing yoga, belting out showtunes in her kitchen, and spending time with her kids Ramona and Solomon.