New Faculty Spotlight: Jennifer Mosher, Physics Teacher

Jennifer Mosher, the new Physics Teacher, has shared her passion for physics with many students for nearly 20 years, and her teaching career began while she was pursuing her own studies. Jennifer has earned three degrees in physics: an A.B. from Bryn Mawr College, a M.S. from UNC-Chapel Hill, and a Ph.D. in physics and astronomy from the University of Pennsylvania.

Jennifer began teaching as an Electronics Teaching Assistant at UNC-Chapel Hill, then transitioned to a full-time Physics instructor at Emma Willard School in upstate New York, where she taught for four years. Later, she served as an adjunct professor at Longwood University in Farmville, VA. While pursuing her doctorate degree at UPenn, Jennifer also taught many undergraduates. Most recently, she has been teaching as an online physics instructor for the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth program. Now settled at MFS, Jennifer teaches all levels of physics to Upper School students.

“The threads connecting each of these disparate places that I’ve taught at are a passion for my students – young people heading out into the world for the first time – and a desire to pass on the beauty, logic, and discipline of physics to new learners,” said Jennifer.

She is pleased to become part of the MFS community and enjoy a Friends environment as part of her everyday life.

“Since I was raised Quaker, it was important for me to be part of a Friends School community,” said Jennifer. “I’ve also heard great things about MFS from friends whose nieces and nephews have attended. Coming back into the classroom was a bonus as well because I really missed the face-to-face interactions with students and colleagues that aren’t there with online teaching.”

Jennifer identified her students and a few academic advisors as her key motivators for being an educator.

“If you like people and learning, there’s no better field to be in,” said Jennifer. “Students push me to keep trying new things and they challenge me to be my best every day.”

In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys listening to music with her husband, Michael, and her 10-year-old son James. Together, they also kayak, cook, and watch and play sports, particularly baseball and college basketball.