Jennifer Meeker

What is your role at Tower Hill, and how long have you been with the school? 
I am the associate director of college counseling, and this is my second year at Tower Hill.

Briefly describe your own education.
I received a B.A. in English from Tufts University and an Ed.M. from Harvard University.

Why do you do what you do? What are you passionate about at work?
I started as an English teacher, and I spent many years teaching English, creative writing, and journalism, mostly to sophomores and juniors. For about three years I taught the entire junior class (at a private school in D.C.) and part of my job was teaching the college essay and, over the summer, writing recommendations for all of the juniors. I found the idea of finding a college "match" for students compelling, and I also found the admissions process interesting (I had worked in undergraduate admissions while in college, too). When my husband decided to attend graduate school full-time, I found a job in the college's admissions office. From there, the transition to becoming a college counselor and working with high school students seemed logical. I love learning about different colleges, visiting campuses, and helping students find a place where they can thrive. 

What do you enjoy doing outside of school?
I enjoy spending time with my family (I have three teenage daughters, all of whom still like spending time together and with their parents!). We love to travel as a family, but we also love hanging out with our local friends and our pets (a dog and two cats). My main hobbies are cooking (although I feel like I have less time for it than I used to), reading and writing (I started a writers group in my town as a way to connect with other writers and to motivate myself and others to keep writing).