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 in the late '90s. It was then that I took my first children's media course, which at the time was called children's television since that was children's most utilized medium (some argue that this is still true). 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 determined to teach media literacy. I began working as an adjunct at a local university and continued to do so for several years before I began receiving invitations to discuss communication and media literacy as a guest lecturer at other local colleges. 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 (not to mention the four years I spent working in human resources where I gave presentations on communication skills and teamwork). For several years, I worked at a photography studio where I gained priceless, hands-on experience in the field. And now after all this time that I have spent learning as a student, teacher, and photographer, I am now a small-business owner where I get to share the resources, knowledge and skills that I have gained along the way with students of all ages. It is my goal to help children (and adults) 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