Teton County Education Foundation names new executive director

JACKSON HOLE, WYO — Teton County Education Foundation announced the hiring of its first fulltime Executive Director, Jennifer Jellen. Jellen comes to TCEF with 20 of nonprofit and business leadership experience, the last eight years of which have been in Jackson.

“This is an exciting time to join TCEF and I am grateful for the opportunity to work with such an amazing team of people,” Jellen said. “Education is about more than fundamentals; it’s really about helping students see what is possible. The programs that TCEF supports provide essential opportunities to explore those possibilities, to learn and grow, both in the classroom and in the community.”

For nearly a decade, TCEF has worked with the teachers, staff, and students of Teton County School District #1 to fund programs that are not fully covered by the district’s budget. The Foundation gives more than $200,000 in grants to public schools and classrooms each year and supports more than a dozen after school activities in science, history, exploration, and the arts.

While this support will continue, Jellen’s hiring marks the advent of a new phase for TCEF.

“We’re working to create a world-class Foundation; one that raises the bar of what is possible in public education and creates the best possible opportunities for the students of Teton County,” said TCEF’s Board President, Patricia Russell. “We’re excited to have Jennifer lead us forward as we improve existing programs, create new initiatives, and deepen support for our public schools.”

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