Nila Jean Spencer
Nila Jean Spencer serves as an At-Large Director (Consulting) on the Board of Directors. She has been a proud member of the Junior League of Annapolis, Inc. (JLA) for nine years. Prior to this position, she was a member of Read 2 Kids, Education and Training, Community Outreach & Project Research (COPR), Helping hands, and Gift Wrap. She also acted as Co-chair of Internal Communications in 2011 and was a member of the Sales Committee for Cookbook from 2009-2010. Nila Jean enjoyed having the opportunity to recruit an author from the Eastern Shore to participate in Read 2 Kids Celebrity Reading Day. While working with the Education and Training Committee, she developed a Blog Training involving four JLA members as panelists.
Nila Jean grew up in a small town in Kansas. She has a MA in English from Middlebury College as well as a Master of Arts in Teaching in English and Education from Brown University. She also has a Bachelor of the Arts in Spanish and French from Kansas University. She has received the Meritorius Service Award from the Navy Relief Society with several articles being published in This Week on Okinawa. Before moving to Annapolis and joining the JLA, Nila Jean was a teacher at Ernest Everett Just Middle School where she taught Reading and English Language Arts for ten years. Because her husband was a Navy doctor, she is happy she has had the opportunity to live many places. Her family, including her husband and four children have, lived in Arizona, California, Kansas, Maryland, Rhode Island, Texas, Okinawa, and Mainland Japan. Of all of the places Nila Jean has lived, Annapolis is one of her favorites. Aside from volunteering with the JLA, she has volunteered at St. Mary’s High School from 2015-2016 as an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher where she enjoyed helping people learn the English language.