Jenny Mundy-Castle is the author of numerous novels, including Every Time I Didn’t Say No, her memoir inspired by victims coming forward on social media and elsewhere, and her work with survivors of abuse. She’s worked as an educator for twenty-three years, focusing her teaching and career on educating children and young adults heavily affected by trauma, including inner-city and refugee populations.
Jenny is based in Boise, Idaho and is an Instructional Coach in the English Learner and Federal Programs Department of the West Ada School District.
At thirteen, I had already been raped by a neighbor, molested by a stepfather, and would be assaulted by a serial killer and rapist within a year. On the right, I am forty-two. My daughter is only a little younger here than I was.
My educational and life background includes a childhood raised in Lagos, Nigeria, Skibereen, Ireland, Denton, Texas, upstate New York, and into a young adulthood in Santa Fe, New Mexico. My higher education includes undergraduate and Masters degrees at Columbia and Pace Universities in New York City, where I began my teaching career as a member of the New York City Teaching Fellows, which placed me at a high-needs school in Bushwick, Brooklyn. This launched more teaching in Santa Fe, where I accrued a Masters in Educational Leadership and worked as an administrator at the Academy for Technology and the Classics, one of the top public schools in the state. As an adult, I returned to Nigeria, where I worked with the American International School of Abuja, then moved to my current hometown of Boise, where the large linguistic and refugee populations inspired me towards further postgraduate licensure in English as a New Language. As an instructional coach, I train and support teachers, administrators, school and community teams and projects in working with these populations.
Nov 19th, 2020
My blog will cover research on the intersections of education, trauma-informed teaching, sexual abuse, and narrative. It will also examine my journey through marketing and publishing this very personal memoir as a sexual assault survivor raising a young woman in a very different era.
This photograph depicts a trip to New Zealand, where I visited a nephew I’d never met on a trip to find my father’s first child, my brother Alistair. I didn’t meet my father until seventeen, when I traveled to Zimbabwe where he worked at the University of Harare. Over the years, I have personally met four of my six or seven half-siblings. I hope to meet all of them before I die.