Jennifer Whitacre

Jennifer Whitacre

Lecturer, Clinical Coach, Director of Summer Teacher Institute


B.S., SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry, 2004, M.S., Indiana University, Education, 2016


How did you discover Western?

My husband attended Western for his undergrad, and when I first moved to the Gunnison Valley in 2004, after graduating with my B.S, many of my friends were Western students. It was then that I learned about how wonderful Western was, and wished I had attended it for my own undergraduate education!

What are some of the highlights of your career?

  • Teaching environmental science to high school students in Indianapolis, in this position I created and developed my own curriculum
  • Working as the farm to school coordinator for a local nonprofit Mountain Roots
  • Teaching for Western’s Summer Teacher Institute

What most excites you about your field?

I am most excited that I get to inspire and encourage new educators in the field. Project-based learning, Service Learning, 21st-century teaching and learning, science education, and inquiry are my passions within the field of education.

What is your favorite thing about the Gunnison Valley?

Skiing the steeps, hiking in the wildflowers, floating on the river and sharing it all with my two boys.