Jenine began her educational career teaching history at a high school in Brooklyn over fifteen years ago. It was then that she realized the necessity of interdisciplinary, hands-on learning, so as to help students connect more readily to the content they are studying. After pursuing her second bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies, Jenine landed at Brooklyn Botanic Garden where she blossomed into a zealous and confident gardener. As the Children’s Garden Coordinator she was responsible for overseeing and maintaining a 1-acre urban garden offering programming to hundreds of children ages 2-18 every year. During her time at BBG she helped to create and implement a myriad of botanical and horticultural curricula, all with the goal of inspiring curiosity about the natural world and making garden-based learning more accessible and experiential both within the classroom and outside in the real world. She is thrilled to bring her passion for education and nature to her Catskills community.
Jennie is co-instructor for the Budding Botanists program. She is a NYS certified Early Childhood Educator. She has been teaching preschool since receiving her Masters degree in Early Childhood Education from NYU in 2007. She has a BA in psychology and a BS in rehabilitation counseling, both from Boston University. Jennie co-founded The Playschool (a progressive learning environment for young children which was based in hands on, process based exploration and social-emotional teaching) in 2014, where she was the co-director, a head teacher and the science teacher. From 2010-2014, Jennie ran two other alternative home-based education programs in Brooklyn: The Little Green Schoolhouse and the Greenpoint Co-op. From 2007-2009, Jennie was a head teacher at the Montessori Day School of Brooklyn. Her education experiences outside of early childhood education include conducting ABA therapy and coordinating adult educational trainings for a non-profit. Jennie has lived in Brooklyn since 2003 and currently lives in Greenpoint with her two sons. She enjoys spending time walking her dog, being in nature and going on adventures with her kids.
Prior to the American Revolution, the Mohawk Indians were the main inhabitants of this region. In the late 19th century, this particular plot of land was farmed by German immigrants. After passing through several more hands, Jenine and her family landed here in 2016. It is now once again planted with a 1/2 acre of both perennial and annual food plants. Our growing practices aim to enrich the earth and avoid chemical inputs. In order to reduce weeding and tillage, we have worked to build healthy garden beds by sheet mulching. We continue to plant various native flowers to attract pollinators, and we amend the soil with compost, minerals, and cover crops, and utilize crop rotation to keep plants healthy.