- Director of College Guidance
Jennifer White serves as Director of College Guidance at Springdale Preparatory School, where she draws on her twenty-year career in higher education to provide each student with individualized advising on college and career goals. Ms. White has directed study abroad programs for institutions such as Goucher College, Kalamazoo College, Illinois Wesleyan University, Washington University in St. Louis and Webster University, and has visited over twenty countries for her work in international education. Her teaching experience includes courses in history, anthropology, intercultural studies and women’s studies as well as short-term study abroad programs to China, Japan and Taiwan for many years.
Ms. White earned her undergraduate degree magna cum laude in English Literature and East Asian Studies from Harvard University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, rowed on the crew team, and played harp in the college orchestra. As the recipient of a postgraduate Monbusho Research Scholarship from Japan’s Ministry of Education, Ms. White completed her MA degree and research towards a PhD (ABD) in Comparative Culture at International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan with a focus on the democratization of Japan in the immediate post-WWII period. While studying abroad in Tokyo for four years, she gained international student friends from around the world, explored Japan’s rich cultural and historical traditions, developed a love for hiking in the mountains and taught ESL classes to children and adults.
A native of Baltimore and the daughter of two elementary educators, Ms. White attended Roland Park Country School, where she experienced firsthand the value of academic challenge, mentoring and support at a small, independent school. Ms. White is committed to instilling a belief in all Springdale students that they can overcome any barriers and achieve their dreams. She lives in the Owings Mills area with her family, two beagles and an ever-evolving collection of her children’s fish and reptiles. She enjoys music, gardening, hiking, baking and designing jewelry in her free time.