Meet Jen Olds

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Jen Olds teaches fourth grade at Herkimer Elementary School.

How long have you been with the district? What inspired you to become a teacher?

I have been teaching at Herkimer for 22 years. My dad was an educator, and I would go to class with him and watch him teach. Seeing his interaction with students inspired me to want to become a teacher.

Mrs. Olds has been involved in introducing mindfulness to Herkimer Elementary for several years. Read more about her work in posts tagged “mindfulness”

What do you love about teaching at Herkimer?

I love Herkimer — it’s the way the staff and faculty embrace the kids; it’s the students, the families and the administration; the way that we create a community and a home here.

What advice would you give to Herkimer students?

Don’t be afraid to fail. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Live life on purpose, with purpose.