Find calm and confidence in your calling as you guide your child’s education.

As school resumes this fall, uncertainties abound. Many parents are in need of refreshment—some are home schooling unexpectedly, while others find their roles as co-teacher, or digital learning facilitator, intensified.

Encounter offers resources to help you feel refreshed, equipped, and confident in your calling, as you guide your child’s education. Parent workshops, group coaching, and free offerings will help you cultivate spiritual rest and sustainability, while encouraging you in your strengths. At its core, every resource is designed to facilitate encounters with unexpected gifts, and with fellow travelers.

"Love is at the root of everything. All learning, all parenting, all relationships… Love, or the lack of it."
— Fred Rogers


Refreshed and Resourced:

A Free Introductory Workshop for Parents

Calm and Confident:

A Workshop for Parents of School-Age Children


These interactive online workshops address the foundations of parenting in relation to education: helping you release the pressure to achieve outcomes beyond your control, and instead to embrace faithfulness in the process. Explore your own strengths, fears, and hopes, and discover principles and spiritual resources to strengthen your confidence and increase sustainability.

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Free Offerings

Monthly 45-minute Zoom gatherings will feature a variety of restorative, encouraging, or invigorating content to encourage your heart and mind: reflective engagement with beautiful art or poetry, discussion of a helpful article or book excerpt (no prior reading required), contemplative guided reflections… Details coming soon!

Continued Community and Coaching

A subscription series. Monthly Zoom gatherings will feature a contemplative/reflective component, touchpoints for community and connection with fellow travelers, and opportunities to bring your questions and challenges for group coaching (and community support). Details coming soon!

Photograph by Stephen Henderson


Jennifer Pappenhagen has 20 years of teaching experience in classical schools, independent home school classes, and at the University of Texas—where she earned an MA and completed doctoral coursework (ABD) in English. She has taught students in every grade...

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"Jennifer’s class has been my favorite out of all that I have taken. She was such an exceptional teacher, and helped me learn through interesting assignments and engaging class discussion. I consider her my favorite instructor so far, and am so grateful for the hard work she put into this course. It was wonderful!"

— Student Evaluation
Rhetoric and Writing / University of Texas at Austin