Head of School
“This is a responsibility I hold in the highest regard,” says Jennifer Bohnen about being Head of School at Green Hedges. The “how” behind these heartfelt, solemn words has been evident from her first days on campus, when she dove with joy and deep attentiveness into conversations with parents, faculty, staff, and students. “My door is open, and I value feedback as an ongoing process,” she explains enthusiastically.
Ms. Bohnen has lived and worked in many parts of the US. Early on, she honed her sense of responsibility and leadership as a supervisor for the California State Junior Lifeguard Program. Subsequently, she supervised an environmental education center on St. John’s Island, South Carolina, combining her love of children with her love of the outdoors.
These early experiences came naturally, since Ms. Bohnen comes from a small family with many educators. Her brother is a university professor, and her cousins work in independent schools. When an uncle who was Head of School at St. Patrick’s in D.C. helped her connect with a gifted mentor, her career path became clear: “I learned about the love of learning by experiencing it. It was transformative, and I wanted to pass that along!” she says.
Ms. Bohnen’s 20-year career in education has spanned the roles of teacher, administrator, trustee, and scholar in pre-K/Montessori through Grade 8 independent schools in California, Colorado, Texas, and Virginia, and has included conducting research at George Washington University focused on teacher effectiveness and best practices. At Green Hedges she delights in bringing all these experiences into a place that, she says, aligns beautifully with her own philosophy of education.
Ms. Bohnen’s husband, Dave, is a pilot and their son, Colby, is a Green Hedges student and avid Nationals baseball fan. Favorite pastimes: hiking with Cooper and Nelson, the family’s Yellow Labs; and reading books such as The Book of Beautiful Questions, by Warren Berger.