Jenn Sutton


Jenn Sutton, standing in the woods. She is holding a plastic tank of turtles in her left hand, and giving a "thumb's up" sign in her right hand. Jenn Sutton (she/her) holds degrees in education and pyschology from Keene State College, and has been teaching elementary school students for 23 years (and counting!) She has taught in the Keene, Fall Mountain, and ConVal School Districts, but was first introduced to the Harris Center while teaching 2nd grade at Hancock Elementary School fifteen years ago.

In 2007, she became a counselor for the Harris Center’s Wol’s Nest summer camp. The following year, she became the camp director. In 2013, she accepted a full-time position as a Harris Center teacher-naturalist, taking a break from teaching inside the classroom. Along the way, she also worked as an adjunct professor in Keene State College’s education department, where she taught future teachers how to incorporate nature-based practices into their lessons.

Eventually, Jenn got the itch to return to the classroom. She has now been teaching at the Pierce School in Bennington for more than seven years, where she works closely with Harris Center naturalist Susie Spikol to share the joys of raising turtles, hawk migration, and exploring the outdoors with her students. The Harris Center was delighted to recognize her as our Educator of the Year in 2022.

Jenn lives right down the road from the Harris Center with her wife Liz and their daughter, Wren.