Jennifer Worrell

Owner, Meaningful Connections


  • Selected to attend the Inaugural Academy to Envision Tomorrow’s Schools, Winter 2016
  • Selected to write the cover story for the December 2015 issue of Virginia Journal of Education
  • Selected to attend Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teaching and Teachers (ECET2) in Seattle, Washington, by designees of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Summer 2015
  • Selected to write and speak on engaging struggling readers and writers in poverty at the Margaret Sue Copenhaver Institute at Roanoke College, Summer 2015
  • Virginia’s Region III Teacher of the Year 2015
  • School and Division Teacher of the Year, 2014
  • Inducted into Delta Kappa Gamma Honor Society for Women Educators, 2014
  • National Board Certified Teacher, 2005–Renewed certification in 2015
  • Numerous publishing credits from a variety of media
  • Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year

 Professional Experience

Elementary Teacher–1995-2009, 2011-Present

  • Taught writing, reading, math, science, and social studies to students in grades 2-4
  • Led enrichment groups to create school literary magazines
  • Delivered numerous literacy professional developments to both school- and division-level
  • Created a variety of presentations and activities on literacy for Parent Nights

Contributor to Education A-Z–2015-Present

  • Write and record content for a colleague’s National Public Radio show on a variety of education topics from inclusion to reading instruction

Middle School Reading Interventionist–2009-2011

  • Worked with struggling readers and writers to help them achieve grade-level standards
  • Helped students in grades six-eight write and publish their own monthly literary journal


  • Publishing credits include Virginia Journal of Education, LifeNet, Daily Press, Gloucester-Mathews Gazette Journal, Tidewater Parent, Virginia Wildlife, Outdoor Woman, Trailblazer, Virginia Horse Trader, and Practical Horseman


  • Superintendent’s Teacher Advisory Committee, 2015-2016
  • Facilitator at TLC Symposium at Regent University, 2014-2015
  • Facilitator at Division Diversity Day, 2014-2015
  • Speaker at Division Convocation and Teacher of the Year Banquet, 2014-2015
  • Member of School-Level Focus Group with Assistant Superintendent of Instruction  2012-2014
  • Delivered Staff Development on Close Reading and Text-Based Questions to GCPS teachers, 2014
  • School-Based RTI Team, 2012


Masters of Education in Reading– University of Virginia ▪ 2008

Bachelor of Arts– English/Elementary Education—College of William and Mary ▪ 1995

Professional Organizations

Parent-Teacher Association

Virginia Education Association/National Education Association

Delta Kappa Gamma

International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, Inc.