CDS Welcomes Mrs. Nolen

Jennifer Nolen is one of the newest additions to the CDS staff, as she filled the role of Upper School Administrative Assistant in 2021. (Nicki Ragan)

As we know, CDS has welcomed many new administrators to go along with the new building this year. One of the new administrators helps with things behind the scenes. As CDS welcomes Mrs. Nolen, The Patriot Press wanted to ask a couple of questions to learn more about her.

Can you give a brief overview of your role in CDS?
“I am the administrative assistant to Mr. Walsh, Mrs. Hsu, and Mrs. Holyman. I also do substitute coordination, daily attendance, special event coordination, communication with parents, students and faculty and scheduling meetings. I also work very closely with the Senior class on senior privileges as well as coordinating all aspects of graduation including ordering caps and gowns, diplomas, etc. Honestly, I do a little bit of everything.”

What is your favorite part of working at CDS so far?
“The people. Everyone is kind, fun, and I love the energy.”

What is your opinion on the new building?
“I love that students now have a cafeteria to eat lunch as well as modern classrooms with amazing technology.”

What do you like about your job here at CDS?
“I love that it is different everyday and I like interacting with the students.”

What was your dream job when you were in high school? Why?
“I wanted to be a hospital administrator because my mom was a nurse and one of my good friends, her dad was the administrator at the hospital my mom worked at.

What is your favorite food? Why?
“My favorite food is cheesecake because there are so many different varieties of it.”

What is your favorite color? Why?
“My favorite color is teal because it reminds me of the ocean.”

What are your hobbies?
“My hobbies are watching my children do sports and theatre. I also like watching Broadway shows at the Straz, riding my Peloton, and reading.”

What are 5 things that you can’t live without?
“Caffeine, family, books, the arts, and the opportunity to travel.”

If you could change one thing in your life what would it be?
“Probably not working full time during college so that I had more time to experience life in college.’

What is your favorite memory of a vacacion? Why?
“Going to Europe because we got to visit many different countries and the trip ended with me getting engaged under the Eiffel Tower.”

What is the best advice that you can give to highschool students?
“Enjoy every minute, the good and the bad. Focus on the people and activities that feel right to you regardless of what seems to be acceptable at the moment. Never be afraid to ask for help.”

What are 3 facts about you that people don’t know?
“I danced in a ballet company from the time I was eight to the time I was nineteen, I spent a month in New Zealand and Australia for my honeymoon, and I was in an infomercial that was broadcast nationwide.”

We are so glad to welcome Mrs. Nolen to CDS!