Where's Jennifer Swink Wilkins?

Alumnus Jen (Swink) Wilkins

Jennifer (Swink) Wilkins, EEd ’02, is already at the top of her game. A mother of two, Jen now is the principal at American Montesorri Academy in Redford, Mich., after working with charter schools for nine years.

Though she is accomplished in her career, she is most passionate about her family. She married alumnus Todd Wilkins (MIS ’00), and they have two sons, Brady, 3, and Bryce, 9 months. Her family travels to games to cheer on the Detroit Tigers and Fighting Irish.

“I love the fact that I get the opportunity to educate and help raise the youth of today,” Jen said.

She said her education at Trine opened the doors for her life today. As a student, Jen enjoyed traveling with the softball team and observing and teaching in Steuben County classrooms.

“I came from a small high school and community, so I loved the small atmosphere and the personal communication with professors and students. It made me feel more at home and comfortable approaching the professors,” said Jen, who still e-mails her favorite professor, Sue Van Wagner, Ph.D. “My teaching practicums enabled me to see that all students learn differently and all schools function differently, but all students can and will learn.”