BA in Elementary Education - Core Faculty
PhD Curriculum and Instruction, University of Maryland, College Park
M.Ed Special Education, University of Virginia
B.A. Human Development, Mount Vernon College
Received Advanced Professional Certificate from Maryland
Jennifer N. Bacon earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University
of Maryland, College Park and a Master’s degree in Special Education from the University
of Virginia. Jennifer has taught preschool age children through graduate school domestically
and abroad. She is a former assistant professor of special education, special education
inclusion and self-contained teacher, and special education department chairperson.
In addition to her experience in education, she is trained in the use of poetry therapy,
spiritual guidance, and yoga.
Her areas of expertise include exceptional learners, culturally responsive pedagogy,
holistic education, expressive/creative arts, and therapies, and literacy in global
education. Jennifer is also strongly connected to African American women’s writing
for empowerment and social change and women’s spirituality. Deeply committed to addressing
issues of overrepresentation in special education, gender equity, and writing for
social justice, Jennifer participates in a number of professional associations and
Jennifer authored the book Sisters in the Dissertation House: A Dissertation Narrative,
which addresses doctoral completion by women of color in underrepresented fields.
Her publications also include such articles as "Writing in Solidarity: The Lived Experience
of African American Girls Writing Poetry," "Using Culturally and Inclusive Poetry
Groups with Diverse Teens," and “Culturally Responsive Poetry.” She also co-authored
the article, "Examining Teachers' Beliefs About African American Male Students in
a Low-Performing High School in an African American School District." Recently, she
completed writing her first children's book series.
Jennifer enjoys teaching and learning through lived experience and travel. She is
returning to the United States after living in Costa Rica where she served as a holistic
educational consultant, writer, mentor, and teacher. Jennifer is ecstatic to join
Naropa and will be relocating to Colorado with her husband, daughter, and cat.