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Jenny "Jenny" Achten

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Jenny Achten came to the Bay Area in 2013 to join Harker as an upper school debate teacher. Before coming to California, she taught history and was director of debate at Westminster Schools in Atlanta; was an English and history teacher and assistant director of debate at Emory University; and was a debate coach at Arizona State University.

Ms. Achten, a Minneapolis native, is in the Tournament of Champions Hall of Fame as well as the Georgia Debate Coaches Hall of Fame. She was awarded a National Debate Coaches Association Service & Leadership Award and was Georgia's Debate Coach of the Year. She was also twice awarded the Gouizuetta Teacher Award at The Westminster Schools.

Ms. Achten has two “very demanding Siamese" cats and loves to read.

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B.A. History, Macalester College