About Ms. Jenny

Hello!  My name is Jenny Johnson-Blanchard, and I am a 1st grade English Language Learner teacher at Andersen United for the Developmental Dual Language classrooms. This year I am working with first grade classroom teachers Ms. Christina, Ms. Valedon, and Ms. McLean to teach science content and English language writing, reading, speaking, and listening.  We especially are focusing on developing the oral language components of speaking and listening, so that students will have a strong foundation for developing literacy skills in English.  Hence, our classrooms are very interactive!  

This is my third year at Andersen United and in the Minneapolis Public Schools district.  Prior to Andersen I taught middle school Spanish and ELL in Austin, Minnesota.  Before that, I received my teaching license through the University of Minnesota teaching licensure program for Teaching ESL and Spanish as a World Language for grades K-12.  I also received my Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Geography and a minor in Spanish.

In my free time, I love to spend time with my husband James, and play with our two dogs- Lua and Oz.  Together we direct and own a capoeira school, and spend our free time salsa dancing.   Also, I very much enjoy traveling- I lived in Venezuela for a summer, and also have travelled to Mexico, Cuba, Brasil, and Colombia. 

I am looking forward to what this school year will bring, and I can't wait to learn alongside my students!  Feel free to explore the links below!

Contact me at jennifer.johnson-blanchard@mpls.k12.mn.us, or stop by my classroom in B106!