I am a ICF certified coach, a college professor, mom of two (one has furry legs; he's a dog!), public speaker, and lover of really big mountains.  I took a new position at my college, Director of the Center for Faculty and Staff Development and pretty soon, I will be passing the torch to another director so I can continue living my core values in the 10-month schedule I adore.  My college would like the director position to be 12-months and thus, I had to decline. 

Want to know more about me and Up?  Read the FAQs below.



Why Upcycled Education?

I named this blog Upcycled Education because I am an educator by training and currently, train others how to be coaches and lead professional development experiences (like workshop series and specialized trainings).  I originally started blogging to talk about educational strategies and theories - only.  Upcycled Education, has evolved over the last few years and I now talk about topics that interest me - my family, hobbies, lifestyle, technology, creativity, cycling, {life} coaching, and of course, education.  

Why the Upcycled part?

I like the spirit behind the word "Upcycled." Take an idea or take materials and turn that idea or materials into something better - something more valuable than its original form.  That is exactly what I aim to do with this blog, Upcycled Education - Take an idea, thought or topic and add value to it.

I heard someone say you constantly talk about your family.  Is that true?

Me?  Yes! Mr. UpCyclist, Lil O, and Pup Jedi add value to my life. They make my world. so. much. better.  I like to share our lifestyle with others.  And for you dog lovers, here is another photo of Jedi.  Handsome, isn't he?  Did I mention my family and I like to ski?



I notice you blog about creativity, cycling, {life} coaching, Colorado and Montessori Education all the time...

Guilty!  I appreciate those topics, too and think if they were embraced, the world would be a better and more fulfilled place.  

I hear you co-created an educational business called Hello, Strategies.....

Indeed.  Visit the website here.   Jackie (my business partner, fellow coach, and BFF) and I created all the educational products we both wanted and couldn't find to our standards.  We use the products and book we co-authored all of the time and thankfully, have received lovely feedback on all.

What are your official credentials?

Do you want my resume?  If yes, email me.  But, then you have to invite me to speak, train your people as coaches, or lead a workshop.  However, I will say this...I would trade in all of my degrees from Michigan State University, University of Colorado, and Johns Hopkins University just to have my coaching degree and certification.  So, if I did send you my current resume, it would look more like a letter.....Thanks, big, awesome and expensive institutions of higher education, but my favorite, most coveted, most impactful "degree" is being trained as a coach.  Mic drop.

Do you offer any services?

Yes!  I train people - all people - how to be coaches (shocking, no?). I do so through my college's accredited coach training program.  Did I mention we are the only community college in the nation to have an ICF accredited coach training program?  

If you are wondering....Why won't Jen stop talking about coaching?  Here's why:  Coaching provides an incredible set of skills that transcends every industry and discipline and can be used with every human on the planet.  No exaggeration.  If more humans - educators, employees, business owners, leaders, parents, medical personal, healers, and first responders - were trained as coaches the world would be in a better place and we humans would have more engaged and fulfilled lives.  Who doesn't want that?

Service-wise, I also develop and lead workshops on a variety of purposeful topics, give keynote addresses, lead webinars, and love to collaborate with curious, growth-seeking people and organizations.

If you'd like to discuss my services, email me at jenglara at Gmail.  I love working with new people and groups.