Degrees and Certifications:

Universities:CSULB,SJSU,CAL State Berkeley Degrees:B.A. Liberal Studies, Graduate Studies in Educational Psychology Advanced Credentials: Elementary and Secondary Education, Neuro-Linguistic Programming Practitioner, State Certified Doula

Ms. Jennifer Pitzen

I am honored to return for my fourth year at Cardinal Ridge Elementary. I taught first grade in previous years and broke into the fifth grade last year! In addition to teaching both at the elementary and secondary levels in the private and public sectors, I also taught in the corporate realm. I presented in-service training for the local school district and served an appointment to the California State Board of Education. I was the National Director of Player Development for the United States Tennis Association, a paralegal in corporate law, and am still a practicing state certified doula.

I am a native Californian, having come to Virginia in 2017 to be near my grandchildren. I have 7 grandchildren between my 3 daughters and 3 amazing son-in-laws. I have enjoyed participating in sports since my youth, including water and snow skiing, kayaking, sailing, crew, surfing, hiking, biking, tennis and, most recently, have added pickleball. I am a voricious reader and world traveller.

I welcome the experience of sharing this educational journey with all of my scholars and their families. I am thankful for the joy of spending my days with curious minds.


Ms. Pitzen's Favorite Things

Birthday: December 23

Favorite Color: Green

Favorite Restaurants: Panera,  Mehaks, Uncle Julio's

Favorite Flower(s) : Orchids and Lavender

Starbucks: Unsweetened Green Tea

Favorite Snacks: Raw Almonds 

Favorite store: Barnes and Noble / Amazon