ABOUT

Jennifer’s calling as an educator and facilitator is to help her students strengthen their own gifts, and their capabilities for learning and growth.

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 from 6th through college undergraduate, with a focus on high school and college. She also works as a facilitator and curriculum co-developer with Vox Omnibus Consulting, an arts-based professional development company in Austin.

Her first teaching experience was during high school, when she taught children’s classes at her dance studio and at the local community theatre. In her first year of teaching, she inaugurated the Annual Spring Play at her school—directing, designing, and producing a full-length classic play for seven consecutive years. Academic subjects she has taught include literature, history, writing, rhetoric, and drama.

Jennifer’s calling as an educator and facilitator is to help her students strengthen their own gifts, and their capabilities for learning and growth. She sees her teaching as an act of hospitality; not imparting information, but inviting students into encounters and experiences—with art, ideas, and fellow explorers—to cultivate curiosity, wisdom, and care for the world around them.

Classes Jennifer Has Developed and Taught
INDEPENDENT HOME SCHOOL CLASSES

Ancient through Modern Humanities
(integrated literature, history, and writing)

Writing

CLASSICAL
SCHOOLS

American Literature

European Literature

European History

Ancient through Modern Humanities (integrated literature, history, and writing)

Grammar and Composition

Drama

THE UNIVERSITY
OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN

American Literature

British Literature

Rhetoric and Writing

The Rhetoric of Paper

Jennifer loves a good British mystery, on the page and on the screen. Her creative pursuits include sewing, cooking, and theatre (in the roles of actor and audience member). She and her husband David enjoy urban homesteading in Austin, Texas, where they garden, raise chickens, and bake sourdough bread.

Testimonials
"Jennifer was genuinely a phenomenal instructor."
"Everything we did was a valuable learning experience, and she really does care about her students. This course was more about what you walked away with versus how many papers you had to write or facts you had to know, which I think is hard to come by these days. As a result of this, I have learned much more than I’d expected. Really a great syllabus and a great teacher."
— Student Evaluation
British Literature / The University of Texas at Austin
"Her class was the most enjoyable course I have taken as a college student."
"Her course provides an opportunity to be creative in one’s writing process—something I haven’t found in any other course."
— Student Evaluation
Rhetoric of Paper / The University of Texas at Austin
"I was impressed with Jennifer across the board."
"At the onset of the course, she asked everyone in the class to share what they hoped to gain from the instruction, and she made obvious and dedicated effort to ensure that all of the students’ expectations were not only met, but exceeded. In my years as a college student, I can honestly say I have never had another professor who has struck a better balance between commanding attention, engaging students, and instilling knowledge. It was a pleasure to take her course."
— Student Evaluation
Rhetoric and Writing / The University of Texas at Austin
"Jennifer did a great job promoting deeper thinking in this course."
"She was always available and willing to talk about a course that truly did change my perspective on life. She did an excellent job."
— Student Evaluation
British Literature / The University of Texas at Austin

"I learned not only about literature, but about discussing it, looking at with critical eyes, and enjoying it! The books you chose were all interesting…that propelled me to look deeper into the text—to actually care about the text. Overall, I would say the course had a magic to it."

— Student Evaluation
British Literature / The University of Texas at Austin