Since its founding 127 years ago, Allendale Columbia School has always been dedicated to supporting and rewarding the highest standards of teaching and learning in the classroom and this year we are pleased to honor Jennifer Truong as the newly installed Virginia and Fred Gordon Chair in Elementary Education.

Please join me in congratulating Jennifer Truong as the new Virginia and Fred Gordon Chair in Elementary Education in recognition of her outstanding excellence in teaching in the elementary grades.  In addition to inspiring hundreds of students, she has earned incredible respect and trust from her students, parents, and colleagues for her commitment to the highest standard of teaching and learning.  She is passionate about preparing students for the world that they will inherit, and she is masterful at creating a trusting and responsive environment for her students to grow in confidence and develop scholastic independence. She consistently pursues the highest standard of excellence and strives to give our students opportunities for them to make a positive impact locally and globally, even before they finish second grade.

As Mick Gee, Head of School, shared in the meeting where Jenn was installed the fifth recipient of this Chair, “Jenn is a teacher’s teacher. Her dedication to helping her students grow academically and socially is extraordinary and she has earned the reputation of being one of the strongest teachers in the school. Jenn creates a student-centered learning environment in her classroom where second grade students feel supported and challenged in equal amounts. She is a pedagogical expert, a detailed planner, and quite simply one of the hardest working people in our community.”  To read more about Jenn’s career and impact at AC, read more

Prior to coming to AC, Jenn was known as a seasoned public school teacher in the Honeoye Falls Lima School District, and we have been lucky to call her a colleague here at AC. Since her arrival six years ago, Jenn has emerged as a leader on our faculty. Her innovative approaches to teaching fundamental skills, as well as creating opportunities for her students to dive deeply into areas of interest, has helped to cement her reputation as a highly regarded teacher of excellence.  If you spend ten minutes in one of Jenn’s classes, you will witness second grade students creating new knowledge, designing websites, recording podcasts, and honing their ability to think critically and communicate effectively. All of this occurs in an environment that is joyful, challenging, and inspiring; she is constantly encouraging students to produce their best work and be the best version of themselves.

Whether she is working with students in the classroom, sitting down with parents in a conference, facilitating conversations at faculty meetings, or helping to train colleagues who are interested in utilizing technology in the classroom, Jenn raises the bar higher every time.

The Virginia and Fred Gordon Chair in Elementary Education was established to reward teachers just like Jennifer Truong, and it was created in 1997 by the combination of a bequest from the late Virginia Gordon and a gift from her husband, Fred Gordon.  The Gordon’s son Skip ’54 attended Allendale and their daughter Linda ’57 attended Columbia.  The Gordons were loyal and generous supporters of Allendale Columbia School and in addition to establishing this endowed fund, they were instrumental in the success of the facilities campaign of the 1990’s.

For more information about this or any of our endowed funds for teaching excellence, please contact Karyn Vella, Assistant Head for External Affairs.