Instructor Jennifer Tomlinson
She/Her – fully vaccinated
When the opportunity to be a Monkey Rocker came up, it was the perfect chance for Jen to continue her
career in education while allowing music to take a leading role. She has spent over two decades working
with children from birth to age twelve, and almost four decades involved in various aspects of the music
Jen has a variety of unique experiences in both fields – as a professional singer, tutor, nanny, soloist, home daycare owner and operator, lead in several amateur music theatre productions, Early Childhood Educator with the OCDSB, UCDSB and multiple daycares, voice coach, Karate instructor, and last but not least, kindergarten music assistant at the Washington International School in Washington, D.C. Although some of her time in education has not specifically been in the music field, she has always made it her mission to find creative ways to incorporate music into her teaching.
In university, Jen studied English Literature and Psychology, with a special focus on child studies. After a few years of study, she took a long break to raise a family and care for other people’s children. In her
mid-thirties, Jen decided to complement years of experience in shaping young minds by going back to
school, and graduated at the top of her class with a diploma in Early Childhood Education.
Fostering a love of learning, while sharing a love of music with tiny humans, has always been something
that Jen has felt was a privilege. Because of her enormous amount of patience, and gentle, responsive
nature, parents have often called Jen ‘the child whisperer’ – a title she wears with pride. When she’s not
monkeying around, Jen can be found spending quality time with her four teenagers or jamming with her husband (who is also a musician). “For many years, l told everyone that my dream job was to be a Wiggle. This is soooo much better!”