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Jennifer Otte
Canton High School
Social Studies Department
jgembala@cantonschools.org
(860)693-7707 x7409


About Mrs. Otte:

The 2017-2018 school year marks my 15th year teaching High School Social Studies.  I came to Canton High School in the fall of 2008, after teaching Social Studies at Windsor High School from 2003-2008.  This year, I am teaching 9th Grade AP World History (WHAP 9), 10-12th Grade Sociology, and 9th Grade World History. 

I attended the University of Connecticut, where I was a student at the Neag School of Education.  I graduated with my Bachelors in 2002 and my Masters in 2003. In 2010, I won the James Madison Foundation Fellow for the state of Connecticut. In May 2013, I received my second masters degree, this time a Masters in Liberal Studies, with a concentration on American History. During the summer of 2011, I attended Georgetown University, where I received 6 credits in a course on the U.S. Constitution. In December 2014, I completed my coursework in Educational Leadership at Sacred Heart University, in order to receive my 092 certification in School Administration.

In addition to teaching, I am the advisor for Canton High School's Student Council and advisor of "Be the Change."  In July 2012, I organized a service trip to Ghana with a group of Canton High School students through an organization called Projects Abroad.  We spent 2 weeks working in an elementary school, where we sanded and painted the walls (inside and out).  We also sang songs, played games and taught lessons to 4 and 5 year olds in a Day Care Center.  In June 2014, I took 7 students from Canton High School to Kathmandu, Nepal for another care and community trip through Projects Abroad. This time, we traveled with nearly 20 other teenagers from around the globe, exploring the beautiful country of Nepal (we even rode an elephant!). A third trip is took place this June - this time, eleven students and I (along with my husband) went to India!

Outside of teaching and schoolwork, I enjoy reading (my father has always said that "the more you read, the smarter you become"), practicing yoga, working out, spending time with my family, my husband and our children, and finding ways to change the world :) 



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