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