Jennifer Grierson

Jennifer Grierson

ELD/AVID Teacher & Fitness Instructor


Boulder Valley School District & Rise Nation Colorado

Boulder, CO USA


It is important to prioritize so that you can be your best self!

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
I applied to many different alternative teacher programs until I was accepted.

Education

High School
Arapahoe High School
Bachelor
Advertising, Minor in Spanish
University of Georgia
Graduate
Teacher Leadership
University of St. Thomas
Certification/License
Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)
National Academy of Sports Medicine
Vocational
Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition
Cornell University

Career

ELD/AVID Teacher & Fitness Instructor

I teach 7th and 8th grade and I am a certified personal trainer and fitness instructor.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Education
Sports
Teaching / Mentoring

Day to Day

During the year, I wake up at 6:00 AM, do a workout, and then get ready to catch the bus to Boulder. I take an hour ride on the bus to Boulder and teach middle school English and AVID from 8:30-3:30. At about 4:30, I take the bus back to Denver. I go home, change into my fitness instructor uniform, and head to my fitness studio (two nights a week), where I teach two 30-minute cardio classes to my clients.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

People skills are key! Being able to communicate with people and understanding that everyone comes from unique experiences is vital! Be empathetic, and always try to be an active listener.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Advertising, Minor in Spanish
graduate
Graduate
Teacher Leadership
certification
Certification/License
Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)
certification
Vocational
Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"Teachers don't make any money and it's a thankless job. It's very difficult to be a fitness instructor or a personal trainer if you do not come from a strong athletic background (which I did not)."

Challenges I Overcame

Work-Life Balance