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Meet staff member Jennie Tofani

Photo of Jennie TofaniHi! My name is Jennie Tofani. I teach grade seven ELA at Jarvis Middle School.

I have been teaching for six years. I spent four years in a senior high special education classroom. This is my first year here at Central Valley!

What do you like best about what you do?

Seventh graders are amazing people. Not only am I able to help them grow academically, but every day I am able to assist in their social and emotional growth. I love the energy and enthusiasm as well as the silliness!

What event here at Central Valley CSD has made/makes a difference to you personally and in your career?

The staff here at Jarvis are incredible! I was welcomed into the “family” easily, which definitely helped with my transition. The staff are kind, intelligent and extremely supportive. I have definitely grown as a professional having had the opportunity to work with all of them!

Where are you involved outside of school and what do you like best about it?

I spend most of my hours outside of school watching my children play sports or other activities. I love to travel with my family. We love to camp in the summer and spend many days boating and fishing in the beautiful lakes of New York State!

What former jobs have you held?

Previous to my teaching career I owned my own day care. I loved spending my days with the little ones and it allowed me to stay home with my own children.

Where were you educated?

I attended Herkimer County Community College and Utica College.

Where have you lived?

I grew up in Poland, New York and moved to Frankfort, New York in 1999. I have been there since. I love my small town and community!

If you could do anything on a weekend, what would you do?.

I would definitely be outside! I love exploring and traveling and seeing new places!

What book and/or author are you currently reading?

I love poetry! Currently I am reading Stunt Water by Buddy Wakefield. Buddy Wakefield is a phenomenal poet and performer. I have had the opportunity to attend multiple performances and do so whenever he is in the area.

If we were to listen to your iPod or sound system, what would be playing?

My iPod has everything from Frank Sinatra, Montgomery Gentry, Iggy Azalea, Dave Matthews to Hall and Oats…I love all kinds of music! If I had to choose a favorite it would have to be country.

What is your favorite television show/movie/actor?

I watch a lot of do-it-yourself programs. I love HGTV and the Travel Channel!

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

I would go to South America. I would love to visit a rain forest and experience the South American culture!

What one thing would you share that people might not know about you?

I love to refinish old furniture. I enjoy finding something old and abandoned and reviving it to something fresh and new!