About Jennifer Lane
I am a California native – born in Oakland, California, raised in Reno, Nevada. I moved back to California to raise my son. As I worked in my son’s school from Kindergarten to 3rd grade, I realized working with children was my calling. I began a new purpose and a calling to teach. I graduated from CSUS Sacramento with a Bachelors of Arts Degree and teaching credential. In 1980, I moved to Folsom.
Living in Folsom was one of my best decisions with Lake Natoma and all of its open space. At that time, Folsom had one stop light! In Folsom, I was a student teacher at Blanche Sprentz Elementary School. I continued as a substitute teacher for the Folsom Cordova Unified School District. In 1984, I was hired by FCUSD as a 4th grade teacher at Walnutwood Elementary School.
In 1987, I transferred to Oak Chan Elementary School teaching 3rd and 4th grade. Wanting to expose my students to the history of their city and city government, we took field trips to City Hall where we met the mayor and held mock council meetings to study government. From there, we visited the Folsom History Museum and Pioneer Village to learn Folsom’s rich history. We walked to Granite Park and St. John’s Church to learn about the early pioneers. I retired as a charter member of Oak Chan after 27 years. I am still in touch with many of my former students and their parents. Still today, Vice Mayor Ernie Sheldon and I continue these field trips with all 3rd grade classes from Oak Chan. I woud like to encourage all teachers in Folsom to experience this “hands on” field trip of how our local government works.
While at FCUSD, I was a union representative for the Folsom Cordova Education Association. In 2014, I was the only candidate endorsed by FCEA. I am a charter member of the Historic Folsom Residents Association, formed to protect Old Town Folsom.
Thirty-three years ago, I spoke at a city meeting encouraging the council to consider the “do-nothing” approach to keep the corporation yard from being sold (Folsom Telegraph October 1985). I am still passionate about this land and will work hard to preserve the 16.4 acres that “we” the residents own.
Seven years ago, as a planning commissioner, I took a stand and voted “NO” to the developer agreements for the water contract for the South of 50 project.
Today, as a commissioner on the Folsom Planning Commission, I continue to fight for the residents of Folsom. For example, I have asked two large developers of the South of 50 development to plant pollinators in the open spaces. The bees, butterflies, and birds need your help. So far, three developers are welcoming and have approved this idea: Mangini Ranch, Folsom Ranch, and Revel Folsom Senior Living Community. Again, my personal teaching experience plays a role. I use to read a book called Monarch X to my class every year. We found it fascinating to track the monarchs migration from Canada through the Carolina’s, Florida, Gulf of Mexico, with Mexico as their final destination.
My story is full circle, raising an amazing son and having a wonderful teaching career. I have evolved through life with conviction! My pledge to you is to Work Together to Preserve the Quality of Life in Folsom.
"People Before Politics"
Jennifer Lane for Folsom City Council 2018
604 Sibley St • Folsom CA 95630