About Us - Jackie & Jen

Jackie Gambone, Ph.D.


Jackie has been inspired to educate since birth. It was something that always spoke to her and she made an incredible career out of it so far! Her passion and joy for engagement strategies comes from her role as a college professor at Anne Arundel Community College (outside Annapolis, Maryland). 

As a former public school teacher, teaching pre-service and in-service teachers is part of her life purpose. When preparing future teachers or enhancing current teacher's roles, she believes the power of engagement is limitless. Engagement has the ability to transform you as a teacher and your students as learners in the classroom. Powerful stuff!

Jackie earned her bachelors degree from West Chester University. There she studied education, grades kindergarten through eighth, with an emphasis in history. Next, she earned a masters degree from Wilmington University in school leadership. Knowing that she wanted to challenge herself even more, she earned her doctoral degree from Capella University in post-secondary and adult education. Her doctoral dissertation focused on critical thinking and engagement strategies for educators. 

Jackie has trained with CTI: The Coaches Training Institute, provides numerous professional development yearly - both near and far - and loves teaching about Mindset (work by Carol Dweck) to anyone who will listen. She currently resides in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and her two kitties. To contact Jackie about speaking, training, or coaching, email: gambonejackie at gmail.com

Jen Lara, M.S., M.A, AAC


Leaning into 25+ years of teaching experience, Jen Lara is a growth-seeker, coach, professor, and edupreneur.  With degrees from Michigan State University, the University of Colorado and The Johns Hopkins University, Jen brings her down-to-earth nature and expertise to preK-12 schools, colleges, and allies.  Her expertise lies coaching and curriculum and instruction.

Jen’s vast experience began in outdoor and adventure education with twin powerhouses Outward Bound and the Nantahala Outdoor Center – considered to be the Harvard of adventure education.  Traditional teaching stints have landed Jen in inner city Baltimore, in Quito, Ecuador, on the Navajo Nation, and in both undergraduate and graduate classrooms.  

For the last 18 years, Jen has taught teachers – both current and future teachers - at a community college in Annapolis, Maryland.

Jen maintains a teaching, learning and lifestyle blog, Upcycled Education.  When not tethered to her laptop or reading research related to coaching, Jen enjoys her family (husband - Paul, daughter - Olive and sweet pup - Jedi), being outside in nature, and dividing her time between Maryland and Colorado.  To contact Jen about speaking, training, or coaching, email: jenglara at gmail.com or visit Jen's personal website.