I'm a Licensed Child and Family Educator, have a B.S in Child Psychology and an M.Ed. in Family Education. I'm also a certified Professional Coach and a certified Youth, Parent & Family Coach through the World Coach Institute. I've been working with families for over 20 years in a variety of settings.

I'm passionate about empowering teachers, caregivers and parents to grow genuinely happy and confident children. I do this through classes and trainings for educators and parents as well as though my book, Your Family Compass: A Parenting Guide for the Journey that was published in 2012.

Beyond my part time work with Jenny Hanlon Consulting, I teach preschool roughly 16 hours a week at Tamarack Nature Center through the White Bear Lake School District and am a Family Educator through Stillwater Area Schools ECFE Program roughly 20 hours a week.

From fall 2017 to spring 2019, I taught the Growing Children parent-child class at The Children’s Farm School in West Lakeland. From 2007-2013, I was also the Summer Program Director at The Children’s Farm, supervising and training the summer intern teachers and overseeing all other aspects of the summer program.

I became ordained by the Universal Life Church to officiate weddings the spring of 2018 when I was asked to officiate my brother and sister-in-law’s wedding.

I volunteer with the Minnesota Children and Nature Connection and am the chair of the Natural Schools and Family Engagement Subcommittee seeking to find more ways to connect children and families with nature. I am also on the steering committee for MN Early Childhood Outdoors (MNECO) a networking group to connect educators with resources to connect their students with nature during their time at school.

I have served as an active volunteer with FamilyMeans, a nonprofit service organization in Stillwater. I was on the Next Generation Leadership Council, planning and running fundraisers to support the various programs FamilyMeans offers along with being a respite care volunteer with my certified therapy dog, Ries.

As one of the Founding Teachers of Dodge Nature Preschool, I taught preschool, lead parent workshops, and was also the Assistant Director from 2000-2004.

My husband and I live in the eastern suburbs of the Twin Cities with our teenage children and two active dogs.