Jenn Shaffer

PSCS Adjunct Teaching Staff member, Jenn Shaffer, started substituting at PSCS in January 2019, and is looking forward to teaching this fall. She is originally from Davis, California, where at age 15 she first learned how to fly an airplane, taught by a surviving original Tuskegee Airman. She obtained her private pilot’s license before graduating high school. Jenn then moved to Santa Cruz for college, and unlike any of her aviation peers, she decided to focus her studies on social justice and working in the non-profit sector. She’s worked in Papua New Guinea as a volunteer med-evac pilot (via floatplane) and health educator in rural villages. She’s also worked with middle & high school students for 8+ years in various ways (the unusual ones including a rock-climbing instructor and rugby coach), and has always found this age group to be life-giving. Jenn also has her A&P (Airframe and Powerplant) Certificate, and worked in Seattle as an aircraft mechanic for floatplane + landplane fleets, and for the majority of the time was the only female mechanic in the company.

Aviation tends to be a prominent piece of Jenn’s story, but it’s always only been one piece, intertwined with social justice issues that were unavoidable for her as a woman of color in a predominantly male (and military) industry. These intersections in her experiences are a main reason why Jenn is really looking forward to the opportunity to teach math and science in a way that does not feel separate from our efforts towards integrity, community engagement, and courage.

Jenn loves to garden, cook, read science fiction books, backpack in the PNW, make good coffee, ask questions about spirituality, watch hockey and rugby matches, take polaroid photos, and pet her cats (and any other animal that will let her).

Jenn lives in the Mt Baker/Columbia City neighborhood with her husband Andrew and their two cats, Tiger and Kuma.