Jenn Mampara, Director of Education
Jenn has over 25 years of experience teaching young children how to grow, cook, eat and enjoy nutritious food. Originally from Colorado, she earned her Masters from Teachers College at Columbia University in Nutrition & Education, and worked with a number of non-profits and universities in New York. Jenn is a certified teacher in the District of Columbia and spent four years teaching 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade in DC Public Schools. She helped to launch the program at Watkins in the fall of 2009. Under her direction, FoodPrints has grown from a program serving 200 students at one school to currently reaching more than 7,000 students at 19 DC public schools. She enjoys preparing delicious and nutritious meals with her family of five every day.
Jen Ramsey, Director of Curriculum & Instruction
Jen is extremely passionate about science education and ensuring that all students are exposed to opportunities that allow them to be curious and interact with the natural world. As a long-time educator in DC, she found FoodPrints does this for our students.
Martine Hippolyte, Community Engagement and Education Manager
From a very early age, Martine was enthralled with how food grew and the delicious ways in which food could be prepared. Now she is energized to be leading community engagement efforts that help create a more just and equitable food system.
Beth Bacon, FoodPrints Communications & Development Director
Beth is inspired every day by the magic of FoodPrints — as she leads efforts to communicate, secure support for, and evaluate all the amazing things happening in our program.
FoodPrints Coaching & Program Support Team
Carrie Hildebrandt, Grants and Finance Manager & Assistant Teacher
Carrie was drawn to FoodPrints because of her love of cooking and good food and her desire to pass that love onto others. This program is so valuable to Carrie because it broadens the opportunity for students across the city to access fresh, nutritious food.
Hannah Schiff, Communications and Development Manager & Instructional Coach
Hannah came to FoodPrints because she believes all families deserve to have access to fruits and vegetables, and this program helps nurture students’ and families’ relationships to healthy eating in a positive, fun, and safe way.
Ibti Vincent, Lead Teacher & Service Learning Manager
FoodPrints combines everything that Ibti is passionate about: empowering people, building community, growing/preparing/sharing food, and always learning. And the kids are as excited about these things as she is!
Jill Peralta, Instructional Coach & Garden Coach
Jill believes that all children – regardless of where they come from or their current situation – should have the opportunity to eat healthy, fresh food cooked from scratch. She thinks that one of the best ways to do this is to cook and garden with them, teaching them and modeling for them.
Rebecca Helgerson, Instructional Coach, Garden Manager & Lead Teacher
Rebecca’s ever-growing love of and connection to nature brought her to gardening; her respect for and understanding of young children led her to teaching; and her own evolving relationship with food made her passionate about what we eat and where it comes from.
Stacia Kiraly, Out of School Time Grant Manager & Lead Teacher
Stacia grew up in a transitioning rural community in Northern Illinois watching the corn and soy fields sprout mini-malls and fast-food restaurants. She entered the community food systems field as a researcher and teacher determined to preserve the farms that sustain us and to inspire children to care about where their food comes from and the people who grow it.
Susan Bandler, Instructional Coach & Curriculum Developer
As a veteran classroom teacher, Susan comes to FoodPrints with an expertise in curriculum development, teaching, and coaching. Susan leads work to support educators in implementing our experiential food education model. She is inspired by how students gain new understanding, learn new skills, and develop questions and start to answer them in FoodPrints.
Tailor Coble, Food Access & Community Engagement Coordinator
As a native Washingtonian, Tailor believes her city deserves to be well nourished, empowered to grow its own food, and sustainable for everyone. She gives back to the city that helped make her who she is today by supporting FRESHFARM’s food access and food education efforts in schools, early childcare centers, and in vulnerable communities.
FoodPrints Teachers & Assistant Teachers
Allie Davis, Lead Teacher
Allie grew up in a family of teachers – which ingrained in her the importance of raising future generations in a thoughtful way – and as she got older she developed an interest in nutrition. FoodPrints is the perfect blend of her values and passions.
Alexi Iglesias, Assistant Teacher
Alexi sees herself as a learner alongside the children in the classroom – with the same curiosity and joy that the children hold. Her goal is to inspire children to see themselves as active participants in their own well being, and of those around them.
Alicia Gaskins, Community Food Educator
Alicia was born and raised in Washington, DC and was presented the opportunity to become a Community Food Educator, which was perfectly aligned with her goals of expanding food and nutrition education both personally and professionally. Alicia is inspired by witnessing the excitement of students learning to grow and prepare their own food.
Alyson Chocianowski, Lead Teacher
Alyson’s love of fruits and vegetables first came from her grandfather, who had a large garden where she grew up helping and selling produce at the local farmers market. Having previously worked with FoodPrints as a Work-Study assistant, she is eager to share her love of fresh, local produce with students.
Annie Thompson, Assistant Teacher
As a retired teacher, Annie values staying connected to teaching and learning. She believes that nutrition is critical for a student’s readiness and ability to be focused and ready to learn – and that every child has a right to “bloom” and FoodPrints helps that happen.
Chris Scott, Lead Teacher
Chris’ grandfather was a farmer in rural Illinois and instilled in him a love and appreciation for growing his own food, and knowing where our food comes from. For Chris, getting to share his love of gardening and eating fresh, nutritious fruits and vegetables with children is enormously rewarding.
Claire Hall, Lead Teacher
Claire has worked in DC schools teaching kindergarten and environmental science and is now earning her Masters in Environmental Science. Through FoodPrints, she is excited to share the exploration of the outdoors and of cooking that brought her so much joy, independence, and adventure as a child.
Courtney Lucente, Lead Teacher
Courtney is passionate about getting kids outdoors to experience the healing benefits of nature. She loves teaching FoodPrints because it provides a unique opportunity to empower young people while connecting with them through the shared experiences of growing food, cooking, and exploring the natural world.
Cristina Flores, Lead Teacher
Cristina, an urban farmer with a background in early childhood education, hopes to inspire children on their path to healthy eating while fostering curiosity. Her love of the natural world is ever evolving and she hopes to inspire young people to love and marvel at the natural world so that they may see themselves in the cycles of it.
Da’Shawn Covington, Assistant Teacher
As a Washington, DC, native and an educator with The Green Scheme, Da’Shawn is excited to bring positive food and garden experiences to students – experiences that she never had as a child. Her own health journey has motivated her to bring her energy to FoodPrints.
Davette Wilson, Assistant Teacher
With many years working with students across DC, FoodPrints is the best of both worlds for Davette: it combines her love for kids with her love of cooking and journey to eat more fresh food.
Gerrell Reed-Hall, Community Food Educator
Gerrell is a native Washingtonian and has been teaching toddlers in daycares around the city for nearly a decade. FoodPrints is the perfect combination of her two passions: teaching children and cooking good food.
Jack Ewart, Lead Teacher
Jack grew up in Washington, DC, and hopes to give back to his home city by inspiring students to be curious about the food around them and to take pride in what they can grow. He is passionate about connecting kids with nature and fresh food.
Jerome Nesbitt, Lead Teacher
As a DC native and graduate of DC Public Schools, Jerome has become a community activist and outreach specialist. With a background in music management and production, he has helped develop and implement new approaches to being healthy and more sustainable in some of DC’s most under-served communities.
Laura Polvinale, FoodCorps Service Member
For Laura, many years volunteering in schools; cooking for and feeding folks in need; and volunteering in gardens brought her to FoodCorps and FoodPrints as a second career. She is passionate about food justice, growing food, nutrition, health, cooking, and education.
Leah Kazner, Bilingual Assistant Teacher
With background in urban gardening, urban garden education, nature-based curricula, and social justice, Leah is committed to working alongside students to cultivate intentional and mutual relationships with food, land, and people.
Margi Fineran, Lead Teacher
Margi loves teaching FoodPrints because she wants to help children learn that work and working together can be joyful. And she’s able to share her love of cooking and eating together as well as all things in helping the Earth!
Margie Sollee, Lead Teacher
Margie grew up in a food culture where vegetables were hidden under cream of mushroom soup and cheese — the consequences of which were health problems in people around her. Margie firmly believes that food is medicine and teaching children when they are young to enjoy the taste of fresh fruits and vegetables is vital to the health of the next generation.
Melissa Klein, Lead Teacher
As an educator, Melissa loves to cultivate curiosity, creativity and community-building. She believes hands-on experiences growing and preparing food are meaningful opportunities for learning, as well as building connections to family and social justice.
Miki Nakano, FoodCorps Service Member
Miki values the connections with students she builds when teaching in school gardens and cooking with students — and how these allow for deeper conversations about sustainability, cultures, equity, and equality.
Pimienta Vieira, Lead & Assistant Teacher
Originally from Los Angeles, CA, Pimienta has taught English in Spain and outdoor education in Northern California. She is dedicated to fostering connections between youth and nature, and passionate about the garden as a place for exploring, learning, working as a team – and peace.
Raigon Wilson, Lead Teacher
Raigon is passionate about food justice and ensuring BIPOC communities have access to nutritious foods. She has a Nutritional Sciences and teaching background, and enjoys gardening at home.
Regina Green, Lead Teacher
Regina is a native Washingtonian and comes from a family of teachers, with her mother, grandmother, and countless other family members having worked as educators. FoodPrints allows her to connect her passion for educating young minds with her love for delicious foods and fond appreciation for nature.
Rima Wahab, Community Food Educator
Rima is a lifelong learner and is passionate about the environment, food education, and equity. Through FoodPrints, she strives to engage the local community and inspire and nurture children’s curiosity in gardening, nutrition, and food as the bridge that connects people and cultures with one another, and with our precious Earth.
Rose Williams, Community Food Educator
As a descendent of sharecroppers, Rose was exposed to the significance of growing one’s own food and cherishing the bounties of this Earth. She is inspired by the lasting lifetime impact that an early introduction to healthy nutrition can have for children.
Skye Sivone Ellis, Community Food Educator
Skye works to promote a more just, equitable, and secure food system and is focused on achieving a more holistically healthy world. She loves eating, feeding, healing, learning, time spent outside, and most of all, listening for the exchange of stories that happens across cultures and tables.
Vonnie Love, Lead Teacher
With experience teaching science to young children and helping middle school students experience problem solving to support their achievement in school, Vonnie has seen the amazing things youth can do – and she strives to help students realize their full potential.
Katie Kersetter, Evaluation Consultant
Katie began working with FoodPrints after studying how schools work to meet students’ social, emotional, and material needs and the challenges they face in doing so. Katie values the opportunity to partner with FoodPrints teachers and staff to investigate the ways that FoodPrints enhances students’ academic, nutrition, and socio-emotional learning.
Barbara Percival, Volunteer Master Gardener
Barbara came to FoodPrints from the realization that gardens can be a way for teaching children almost anything – and the way she can share her love of gardening with so many students and schools. Trained as a lawyer, she was part of starting the program at Watkins in 1990s and has been volunteering her time and talent with the program for many years.
In Remembrance of Shana
Through our work, we honor the legacy of our beloved colleague, Shana Donahue, who passed away unexpectedly last spring. Shana’s commitment to racial equality and justice in the District had a profound impact on all of us. In memory of her commitment, we launched the Shana Donahue Memorial Fund for Future Food Educators.