VCMS Principal | Jennifer (Passadore) Gfroerer is an alumna of St. Mary of the Valley Academy, as Valley Catholic was known until 1992. Jennifer has a B.A. and M.A. from College of Notre Dame and an M.A.T. in Liberal Studies/Curriculum from Lewis and Clark College, and is currently working on her EdD in Neuroeducation at University of Portland. Jennifer began teaching in a Catholic middle school in 1990 and has worked in Catholic schools ever since. During her career, she wrote and implemented the curriculum for four Catholic middle school programs and opened three new middle school buildings. She designed school-wide discipline policies, co-authored three middle school curriculum guides and parent handbooks, established many curriculum enhancement programs, which included student councils and a year-long anti-bullying program. Jennifer has won awards in curriculum development, assessment, and accelerated learning and has been a presenter at the CSTA (California State Teacher Association’s) Computer Using Educators statewide conference, and has been invited to present on neuroscience and the implications in the classroom at the upcoming CQiE (Critical Questions in Education) and ORATE (Oregon Association of Teacher Educators) conferences in February. Jennifer recently co-authored a report on Correlational Analysis of Interim Assessments for the Multnomah County Partnership for Education Research consortium (Gfroerer & Brown, 2019). Jennifer is currently a member of the Oregon Cognia Advisory Committee for accreditation and certification, assessment, and professional learning. She and her husband, Jeff, have two children, who both attended Valley Catholic School.

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