|Posted by Lane on June 16, 2011 at 4:12 PM|
I do believe in love at first sight, and that's what I had when June brought her business partner, Jenn, to a WWK Event. I knew a little of her through June already, but have had the pleasure of her company a few times since then, and I just like her more every time I see her. She is genuine and positve, and had a really wonderful attitude about life in general.
We laughed about how she is faculty at my former high school, and it was a lot of fun to talk with her about some of my favorite former teachers. While she talked, I was thinking how fortunate her students are, and wondering how many great teachers I missed out on as human beings?
As co-author of my favorite online column Note Worthy, Jenn explores a variety of topics, from shapewear to sabbaticals, and you can learn a lot more about what makes her so fantastic there. Meanwhile...
Name: Jennifer Burkett Meyers
Age Range: 35
Preferred Job Title: Teacher and also Co-Author of the online column, NoteWorthy
Industry: Education & Blogging
Who are you? I am a wife, mom, daughter, sister, friend, teacher, writer, & voracious reader
As a teacher in a girls' school, what do you think young women need most out of their education (other than the obvious "education" part.) Other than the obvious, I do think that young women need to have a voice—they need to know it’s okay to speak up for oneself, it’s okay to have the “right” answers & it’s also okay to have the “wrong” answers as long as one engages in the larger conversation. Self-awareness & self-confidence are also characteristics I think are important for young women to take away from their education.
What do you hope to accomplish through Note Worthy? I hope June & I create a space where people can stop by and engage in our conversation. Hopefully it’s a fun, interesting column that gives others some humor & information. We also want it to be a place that can showcase some really important people in our society-women entrepreneurs & what we call “momtepreneurs”—moms who are business owners. Everyone has a story & at NoteWorthy we want to share some of those stories to inspire others.
Describe your family: My husband, Jason, my 2 boys, Hayden, 5, and Price, 1, and our beautiful, over-sized, long hair dachshund, Ranger, 10.
What does the first hour of your day look like? I hit the ground running…I am up when the baby’s up, changing the diaper, waking up the rest of the house, making breakfast for the kids, taking care of Hayden’s insulin needs (he is a type 1 diabetic), getting the kids dressed & ready for the day, and then getting myself ready for the day!
The last hour? Usually Jason & I find some time to relax, watch a little tv & talk about our day, and I try to read a little bit every night before I go to bed—even if it’s just a few pages.
What makes you feel successful? When I can see my kids (biological or my students) feel success, it makes me feel successful. I’ve been married for over 12 years, & that makes me feel successful, too.
What brings you joy? The greatest joy comes from my children. Every day they make me laugh & smile.
What women do you admire? So many! The women I admire the most, though, are the women who mentored me—from teachers I’ve had, my mom, my grandmothers, to women I’ve worked with, I truly appreciate the time & knowledge they’ve shared with me, and I try to pass that on to the young women in my life.
What do you like best about your closest friend? My closest friend would be my husband & I like his loyalty, he’s a great listener, witty, & always up for anything. He pushes me to expand my horizons.
What do you like best about yourself? If I really want something (for myself or others) I’ll work for it.
What advice would you give boys about girls? As a mom of 2 sons, I think it’s important they know that girls are real people, not snippets of a person on tv or in a movie, not a photograph on a billboard or magazine. I hope they are respectful of every girl they encounter.
How do you overcome adversity? I try to work through it and look at the adversity as a challenge & opportunity instead of something that cannot be overcome. Probably to the dismay of my husband I like to talk through my adversity with him—me doing 99% of the talking & speculating. I also like to get advice from my family & friends, & I pray.
How do you want to be remembered? I’d like to be remembered as someone who genuinely cares about others.