Jen Heeter is the Director of Instruction for UMCS. She is a member of the founding faculty of UMCS and taught in Lower and Upper Elementary classrooms. She came to Urban from Valley Montessori School in Livermore, CA. Prior to that, Jen taught in a public school in the small town of Avalon on Santa Catalina Island. She received her Elementary training from the Montessori Teacher Education Center in San Leandro and her California Teaching Credential through CalStateTEACH. Jen is a licensed boat captain and previously worked leading ecological, snorkeling, and whale watching tours around Catalina Island. Jen loves dancing, travel, hiking, yoga, camping, printmaking, and spending time with her husband and son. She has also taught yoga, Pilates, Zumba, and dance to both children and adults.