Jenn Mampara, Director of Education
Jenn has years of experience teaching young children how to grow and eat healthy foods. 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 also 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 5,700 students at 15 DC public schools. She enjoys preparing delicious and nutritious meals with her family of five every day.
Jen Ramsey, FoodPrints Program Director
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.
FoodPrints Teaching Team
Tailor Coble, Lead Teacher at Burroughs
As a native Washingtonian, Tailor feels compelled to give back to the city that helped make her make her who she is today. Tailor believes her city deserves to be well nourished, empowered to grow its own food, and sustainable for everyone.
Allie Davis, Teacher at Tyler, Langley and Simon
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.
Margi Fineran, Lead Teacher at School Within School & Environmental Literacy Mentor
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!
Rebecca Helgerson, Lead Teacher at Peabody & Garden Coach
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.
Carrie Hildebrandt, Assistant at Langley & Grants Manager
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.
Martine Hippolyte, Lead Teacher at Ludlow-Taylor and Garfield
From a very early age, Martine was enthralled with how food grew and the delicious ways in which food could be prepared. As a FoodPrints teacher, it truly brings Martine joy to teach children nutrition and essential life skills while reinforcing the lessons they have learned in their classrooms.
Courtney Lucente, Lead Teacher at Langley
FoodPrints is a perfect way to combine my passions for food and education. I believe there are many ways to reach young people, to light a spark in their lives, to make them feel safe and human, and to allow them to tell their stories.
Jerome Nesbitt, Assistant at Garfield
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.
Jill Peralta, Lead Teacher at Tyler
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.
Serenity Rain, Lead Teacher at Anne Beers Elementary & Farm Share Manager
Serenity Rain is a mompreneur with a passion for nutrition, social justice, holistic health, and community empowerment. Working with FoodPrints is part of Rain’s journey to get to the root causes of “dis-ease” and her desire to heal herself, her family, and her community.
Hannah Schiff, Lead Teacher at Ludlow-Taylor & Program Manager
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.
Chris Scott, Lead Teacher at C.W. Harris
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.
Margie Sollee, Lead Teacher at Kimball
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.
Pearliya Thomas, Lead Teacher at Watkins
Working with FoodPrints is important to Pearilya because it gives her the opportunity to reach the next generation and teach them to enjoy ‘eating the rainbow’ and understand why we should choose healthier foods and snacks.
Ibti Vincent, Lead Teacher at School Without Walls at Francis Stevens & Service Learning Coordinator
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!
Selma White, Instructional Coach
Selma is a seasoned urban educator with 20 years’ teaching experience in DC Public Schools. She brings her the joy of teaching, expert teacher-mentoring, and love of good food to FoodPrints.
FoodPrints Administrative Team
Beth Bacon, FoodPrints Development and Communications Consultant
Beth came to FoodPrints with a background working in the communications field on education issues, as a mom of two kids in FoodPrints schools, and with a love of the natural world. She believes FoodPrints is an important hands-on, real-world education experience in this era of high stakes testing.
Susan Bandler, Curriculum Consultant
This work is important to Susan because it offers children opportunities to explore and engage with a variety of new experiences. They gain new understanding, learn new skills, develop questions and start to answer them – all by active engagement.
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.