Faculty Q & A: Get to know Ms. Jennifer Phelps


Peyton Thomas

Jennifer Phelps is the assistant to Jacqueline Peterka, who is the head of Seabury Hall’s middle school. She loves helping students and is there to greet them with a warm smile and friendly advice.

Peyton Thomas, Staff Writer

Middle school is a time of a change, and it can often be hectic and confusing for students. Luckily, the middle school has the wonderful Jennifer Phelps to turn to. Phelps is the assistant to the head of the middle school, Jacqueline Peterka. This sweet and dedicated mother of two definitely has a passion for her job. Middle schoolers, if you’re ever seeking advice, have a question, or feeling under the weather, Phelps can be found in the middle school office behind her desk, waiting with assistance and a smile.

How long have you worked at Seabury Hall?
I’ve been working here for four years.

What is your job title?
I am the assistant to the Head of the Middle School. I assist Ms. Peterka with whatever she needs and have a few other duties.

What do you think is something unique about your job?
I run the snack shop. That’s something unique. It’s a lot of fun, and it makes money for the student government activities.

What is something interesting about you that students would be surprised to learn?
I have a masters in Industrial Organizational Psychology. It’s a combination of business with psychology.

What brought you to Seabury?
Well, I had two little kids, and I moved Upcountry. I always have loved Seabury. The campus is beautiful and I always thought it would be a lot of fun to work in a school setting. So when I moved upcountry I got on the website, and I saw that this particular job was open, so I applied with Ms. Peterka and I was lucky enough to get the job. I absolutely love it. It’s the most fun I’ve ever had in a job.

What is your favorite part about being the Assistant to the Middle School Head?
Working with the kids. I love working with the kids.

What other jobs did you have before coming to Seabury?
I was a training and development specialist.

Do you have any advice for students in planning for their futures?
Well, if they have a passion, I’d say follow your passion. But if you don’t have a passion, I say just go out and do it. I say go to college, because doors will open in areas you never thought existed. I had never thought of Industrial Organizational Psychology before I went to college. And once you get out there, once you get into college and start working, you’ll see that there are so many different types of opportunities and different careers that might interest you. When I started college, I was a business major. I just kept getting gravitationally pulled toward psychology classes and then I saw this awesome major for Industrial Organization, which is a business type of psychology degree, and it was the perfect fit for me at the time. So I say just go out there and take advantage of opportunities. Travel if you can. That’s what I did.