Jennifer McIntyre, who has a certificate in PK-12 administration, is the executive director of special education at Bloomington Public Schools. She pushes for high expectations for all students with disabilities, while recommending improvements in the district that will help close the achievement gap. Jennifer is highly respected for her active listening skills and strong relationships with parents. She works to build bridges with families about how to meet their children’s needs, and advocates for them at the district level to enact systemic changes.
Executive Director of Special Education, Bloomington Public Schools
Member of the Minnesota Administrators of Special Education (MASE) legislative Committee
Being a part of a cohort taking classes at various campuses within the University of Minnesota, we would spend Saturdays together designing programs, developing professional development plans and finding common ground in contract negotiations practice.
Dr. Chris Sonenblum was the most influential for me as she facilitated our learning in a way that brought to life the daily expectations and decision making that would occur within this discipline. She provided many different viewpoints when contemplating a situation or analyzing the application for next steps. Through Dr Sonenblum's continued mentoring and dedication to the program and students, she has assisted me in implementing and applying skills and strategies through-out my career.
The development of strong foundational skills in teamwork has propelled me into various leadership positions.
My mother has been my greatest source of inspiration throughout my career. She has taught me the importance of compassion, understanding multiple perspectives and a genuine apology with an intent to understand will go further than anything else. And of course, that a well-developed strategic plan will set a strong foundation for building 3-5 year goals.
It is important to be flexible, current in practice, engaged listener to families, students and teachers, building and maintaining a professional network and creativity.
Anything my three children want to do.
Dynamic, energetic, focused, critical thinker, mindful of others and at times slightly (maybe highly) distracted. According to my daughters, while completing this question, a good mother.
A good team leader and strength finder in others. I believe my purpose is to help others find and honor the strength, beauty and differences within teams, situations and people.
The Three Questions, by Jon J. Muth
My Great Grandmother, Alphonsina Nierotz from Aymeville, Italy (Northen Alps). She was a strong female who immigrated to the United States by herself with five family children, one her own. She managed the trek to what she perceived to be a better life for herself and her children. Alphonsina was professionally trained seamstress in Paris and applied these skills in her new home in Wisconsin. We may have more than coffee.
The opportunity to work with creative team members who are passionate about making a difference within our schools.
A travel agent as all I wanted to do was see the world.
I have an active professional network, I attend conferences, I am fascinated by the creativity in which other schools and districts are using to reach and engage students and families.
I learned and intercepted Morse code for the US Army.