Biography- Councillor Jenny Wheeler
I was born in Birmingham where I attended Sheldon Heath Comprehensive School. In 1974 I went to America as an Exchange Student with Rotary International and continued my education whilst living in Pennsylvania, achieving an American High School Diploma.
On my return I attended Shenstone New College in Bromsgrove where I undertook a Bachelor of Education Honours Degree from Birmingham University qualifying as a teacher in 1979.
(I continue to enjoy a very fulfilling and interesting career in education keeping up to date with educational developments and being able to contribute in my role as a tutor at Worcester University).
In 1976 I married my husband Steve. We set up our first home in Bromsgrove and lived there for nine years, where we had two sons Aaron and Benjamin.
I taught at Frogmill Middle School in Frankley until 1986.
We moved to Redditch in 1985 and promptly had our third son Jonathan in 1987.
I changed career direction and moved from mainstream education into teaching pupils with learning difficulties. I found this to be very interesting and rewarding. I continued developing my knowledge, skills and expertise in special education remaining within this area of education.
I began my Master's Degree in 'Leadership and Management' with The Open University and graduated in 1998 whilst continuing to be a full time teacher.
In 2007 I completed my qualification for Headship the NPQH whilst working at Pitcheroak School in Redditch.
I retired in 2013 from my role of Deputy Head at Pitcheroak and took up a part-time role working for Worcester University as a 'School Experience Tutor' supporting the training of student teachers. I continue in this role today.
In 2015 I was elected to Redditch Borough Council as a Councillor for Greenland's, where I serve on the Overview and Scrutiny Committee, Licensing and Planning Committees. I am also a member of the Town Centre Partnership.
In 2016 I was elected to the post of Deputy Mayor and in 2017 to the post of Mayor.
I have many interests and enjoy taking an active role on the Committee of two Redditch French Twinning Societies 'Friends of Auxerre' and 'Friends of 'Gruchet- le-Valasse'.
I also enjoy travelling reading, History, Art and I love of dogs. (We are currently without a dog at the moment but at the end of my Mayoral year we will be looking for our next canine friend).
I am also very gregarious and like meeting people and making new friends.
I continue to have a deep interest in young people and recognise that they must be well educated adaptable, flexible and resilient to be able to cope with a rapidly changing world. My charities are linked to young people's mental health. I believe young people need more help than ever to develop strategies so that they can adapt and living happily making a positive contribution to their own futures. 'St Basils' and 'Young Minds' are working to support young people in a constructive practical way and I am supporting them this year in this endeavour.