Jennifer Wilenta (she/her) grew up in Asheville and fondly remembers walking the creeks behind Weaver Park before going to the Hop for an ice cream cone and picking wild blueberries while hiking Graveyard Fields with her family and friends.  

She attended UNC School of the Arts for her senior year of high school and college years, receiving a BFA in Contemporary Dance. She moved to Brooklyn NY and brought two wonderful children into the world, one of whom will be attending AWS. With her babies in her arms, Jenn worked as a nanny, yoga instructor, and dancer, and then found her way to Brooklyn Waldorf School, first as a parent, then as Parent Association Co-President, and then as a Lead Teacher. Jenn attended Sunbridge Institute and received her Waldorf Early Childhood Teaching Certificate in 2018.

In the fall of 2020, Jenn and her two children moved to Wilton New Hampshire where she worked as a Lead Kindergarten Teacher in an outdoor program for a full year. A major takeaway for Jenn after transitioning between teaching in Brooklyn to teaching in the woods of New Hampshire was that we almost always have the physical and spiritual resources to create a space of nurturing and growth for the children in whatever ‘classroom’ we may have. Recently, Jenn served as the Interim Director and Lead Teacher of Spring Hill, an early childhood initiative in Keene, NH.

Jenn is beyond excited to be moving home after more than 20 years away. She joins us with her partner, Tristan, their two dogs, and her two children Tristan and Zoie (and their two pet snakes).

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and meaningful engagement with the world.


89 Old Candler Town Road
Candler, NC 28715


Main office: 828.575.2557



376 Hendersonville Road
Asheville, NC 28803


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