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Contributor: Jennifer Allen

Jennifer Allen is a literacy specialist in grades 3-5 for the Waterville, Maine, school district, where she works as a reading coach and leads professional development programs for teachers in a wide range of formats. Jennifer has presented her work to regional and national audiences through state literacy organizations, the International Reading Association, and the National Council of Teachers of English. She has written and published video and print workshops for Stenhouse Publishers, and is the author of Becoming a Literacy Leader: Supporting Learning and Change and A Sense of Belonging: Sustaining and Retaining New Teachers.

Jen shares her life beyond Choice Literacy with this "What Do You Know?" interview.

Books Next to My Bed: Little Bee by Chris Cleave, I Know this Much is True by Wally Lamb, and State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

Favorite Destressing Activity: Baking cupcakes

Pet: Zoe, Bernese Mountain Dog

Favorite Hobby: Sitting in driveway during a snowstorm

Hobbies: Running, baking, and gardening

Inspiration: People who follow their passions

I Love:  The story behind Johnny Cupcakes

Favorite Place to Visit: Two Lights in Cape Elizabeth - sitting on the rocks and looking out at the ocean

Guilty Pleasure: Watching Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Item on My Bucket List: Going to See a Jimmy Fallon Show in NYC

Music on My iPod: Amos Lee, Ray Lamontagne, Neko Case

Proud Accomplishment: Boston Marathon (4:01)

What Makes Me Laugh: My kids, Ben and Samantha

Something Not Everyone Knows About Me: I'm a planner and list maker.... even on days off

A Few Favorite Movies: Crash, Once, The World's Fastest Indian

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