Jen Ciok Social Emotional Learning Specialist
Jennifer Ciok has come to Umoja after 15 years in the classroom as a middle-school history and English teacher. In that position she served as a member of the Data Team, the Whole Child District Leadership Team and the Building Leadership Team. She was also the Social Studies Team Leader.
Jen’s passion for social justice led her to begin a service learning organization with her students which was featured on NPR’s Worldview for the work they did to help children in Ghana. Her passion for building student understandings and service learning guides her philosophy at Umoja and how she seeks to empower teachers and students to help create a better world for young people. In 2013, Jennifer was named to the Board of Directors for the non-profit, A Better Life for Kids, which works to support opportunities for children in Ghana. In 2017, she was named to the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Advisory Committee where Jennifer is supporting initiatives of social justice and equity at the museum. Jennifer went to Ohio University where she obtained her Bachelors in Education and her Masters in Reading Education. She also has her credentials in College and Career Advising and Gifted Education.