Reading to Empower Writers
Jen Vincent is a writer, blogger, and educator who believes in the power of writing as an act of radical self love. She is a National Board Certified Teacher in Early/Middle Childhood Literacy and teaches 8th grade Language Arts and Social Studies in Mundelein, Illinois. Growing up, books and stories made her feel whole, helped her fit in, and gave her an escape but also propelled her into writing her own stories of being a first-generation, Latinx, mix. Jen shares her love of mentor texts at her blog Teach Mentor Texts, hosts Weekly Check-Ins for Teachers Write, a virtual summer writing camp for educators, and co-hosts the Kidlit It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (#IMWAYR). She is an active member of NCTE and serves on the Build Your Stack committee. As the founder of Story Exploratory she provides opportunities for people to engage in identity work through guided writing exploration.