I want to demonstrate that women are capable of being successful in math and science fields.
Jennifer Weidman 2009 Fellow
2009 Fellow Washington-Lee High School Arlington, Virginia
Jennifer Weidman first found her passion for physics her junior year of high school. Her honors physics teacher and mentor encouraged her to pursue her interest in physics and engineering in college. “The confidence he inspired in me to achieve has made me appreciate the huge impact teachers can have in the lives of their students.”
Early in Jennifer’s studies at Princeton University she decided to share her passion for science with children by joining, and later becoming co-president of Princeton Engineering Education for Kids (PEEK). The program teaches math and engineering to children with hands-on Lego demonstrations. “My experience with PEEK was the most rewarding part of my college career. It allowed me to find my love for teaching. I looked forward to the teaching moments in classrooms when I really got a new and exciting concept across to a class.”
Upon graduating magna cum laude in 2005 with a degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering, Jennifer joined Accenture as a Business Intelligence Consultant. While there, she managed teams and trained clients and colleagues. “I came to realize the aspects of my job I enjoyed most were when I was teaching. As I thought back to my favorite college experiences, I knew that I wanted to teach science to students again.”