Jen Cirillo

Director of Professional Development

Jen holds a BS in Plant and Soil Science from the University of Vermont, and a MS in Environmental Education from Lesley University’s Audubon Expedition Institute.  While at UVM she helped to start Common Ground, a student-run farm still active today.  She was first introduced to Shelburne Farms through an internship learning to drive draft horses with then Children’s Farmyard manager Donald Campbell. Before joining Shelburne Farms, Jen worked with the City of Burlington on the public process for a 30-year sustainability plan.  She also worked with AmeriCorps*VISTA on two state-wide initiatives focused on education, specifically, the arts, the environment, and literacy. As Director of Professional Development she coordinates all the Farm’s offerings to educators, and develops and conducts workshops, institutes and credit-bearing courses at the local, national and international levels. As director of the Farms’ Sustainable Schools Project she works to further develop and evaluate the model, document promising practices and outreach to additional schools and communities. She co-chairs the K-12 and Teacher Education Sector of the US Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development and co-chairs Vermont SWEEP (Statewide Environmental Education Programs).  Jen’s favorite part of the job is working with teachers and helping them to find their passion and joy in teaching and how to share that with students of all ages.