Jen Mangrum for NC Senate

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Jen's Story

Jen Mangrum is a native North Carolinian, born in the Camp Lejeune Naval Hospital to USMC 1st Sgt. Tom Robinson and Sheila Samms Robinson in 1964. 1st Sgt Robinson served in WWII, Korea and two deployments in Vietnam.

After leaving the military, both of Jen’s parents completed certification and became public elementary school teachers. They raised their three children in Jacksonville, North Carolina. Jen grew up riding her bike to school, playing soccer on an all-boys team (there were no girls’ teams) and excelling in school. However, Jen’s mom passed away after suffering a massive heart attack when Jen was just 14 years old. Her older siblings had already left the nest and with the loss of her mother, her middle-class world changed forever. Jen found herself relying on school as her safe place and her teachers became family. This moment would define her passion and life’s work.

In 1987, Jen graduated from UNC-Wilmington with a degree in elementary education. She continued her parents’ legacy and worked in a diverse school near the military base. During this time, she also met and married 1st Lieutenant Ron Mangrum, USMC Naval Aviator.   Ron remained in the military until 1989 when he took a job with MacField in Reidsville, NC. Ron and Jennifer have two daughters. Both girls attended public schools K-12.

For fourteen years Jen taught elementary school, twelve in NW Guilford County, and continues to work in public education at UNC-Greensboro with aspiring elementary school teachers. She also collaborates with practicing teachers to gain a better understanding of effective teaching in science, engineering and literacy. Jen has the highest respect for the teaching profession and knows that teachers are a vital piece of a flourishing district and state.

Jen’s community efforts are focused on advocacy for teachers and students. She volunteers for ARC, an organization that advocates on behalf of those with developmental and intellectual disabilities and Hooked on Books, funded by the Teague Foundation, Hooked on Books provides home libraries for elementary students in high poverty schools. Jen serves on the Board of Directors for the National Paideia Center and travels throughout the country working with rock star teachers who want to learn new ways to approach teaching and learning. Jen is an active member of St. Francis Episcopal Church in Greensboro and has been a lifelong Episcopalian.

Unlike most entrenched leaders, Jen promises her district that she will focus on her constituents and the needs of the community.  She is especially concerned with  education, economic development and jobs. Jen thinks it is most important that our General Assembly members be approachable, accessible and visible. She will be the NC Senator that focuses on her community and collaborates with a variety of members to bring improvements and growth to the area.

Jen Mangrum's Experience

  • Professor at UNCG (2008-2017)
  • Co-Chair: Elementary Education Committee at UNCG
  • Program Coordinator- Master of Arts in Teaching for Elementary Education UNCG
  • Advisory Council for Dean Omar Ali, Honors College, UNCG
  • 16 years in Teacher Preparation and Professional Development
  • Board of Directors: National Paideia Center
  • Co-Founder: UNCG Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) Teacher Leader Collaborative
  • Nationally Recognized Educational Consultant
  • Assistant Professor North Carolina State University (2006-2008)
  • Coordinator of the Elementary Education Initiative at North Carolina State University (2004-2006)
  • District Coordinator for Paideia and Cooperative Learning – Guilford County Schools (2004-2005)
  • Literacy Facilitator in Guilford County Schools (1999-2001)
  • 12 years as Public School Teacher (1987-1989 in Onslow County, 1989-1999 in NW Guilford County)
  • Member: National Council of the Association of Educators
  • Member: League of Women Voters
  • Member: Democratic Women of Guilford County
  • Member: St. Francis Episcopal Church, Former Chair of Rector Search Committee, Former Vestry Member, Former Sunday School Teacher