Welcome!

This is the place where you get to learn more about me! My passion for studying communication and media began when I was a freshman in college (which was in the late '90s). It was then that I took my first children's media course (which was called children's television since that was the major medium at that time). What surprised me was not how much I loved my classes, but the fact that these subjects had not been taught to me before I got to college. "Why isn't this being taught from elementary to high school?" I wondered. I spent the next four years working towards my B.S. in Communications/Media with a concentration in radio, television and film. Later, I went on to obtain a M.S. in Applied Communication. I began working as an adjunct at a local university and continued to do so for several years before being invited to talk to graduates and undergraduates about children's media as a guest lecturer at another local college. With the help of a friend and colleague shortly thereafter, Screen Savvy Kids was born.

In addition to my education, I am also an experienced photographer and videographer (never mind the few years I spent working in human resources for a small defense contractor where I gave presentations on communication skills and teamwork). Both before and during my pursuit of higher education, I worked at a photography studio for several years where I gained priceless, hands-on experience in the field. And now after all this time that I have spent learning as a photographer, student, teacher and now a small-business owner, I get to share the resources, knowledge and skills that I have gained along the way with you. It is my goal to help children and adults to develop more effective communication skills, better critical thinking skills and have fun creating media along the way!  

Thanks for stopping by and please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions!

Jennifer Ladner, M.S. 
Communications and Media Consultant and Owner of Screen Savvy Kids