Jaynellen Behre Jenkins began her career in education as a middle school and high school Social Studies teacher. After earning her master's degree in school administration she became a high school Assistant Principal in 1999. Her first school principalship was at Holdrum Middle School in River Vale. During her tenure in this position, she also served as the President of the New Jersey Association for Middle Level Education (NJAMLE). She was presented with the Distinguished Leadership in Middle Level Education award in 2008 from the New Jersey Consortium for Middle Schools, represented NJAMLE on state wide committees such as New Jersey Schools to Watch, and co-authored a book related to middle school Advisory programs, a topic she delivers presentations on annually for the Association of Middle Level Education (AMLE).
Mrs. Jenkins' move into the realm of elementary education occurred as the school principal of Woodside Elementary School in River Vale where she led district initiatives in Balanced Literacy before taking on the position of Assistant Superintendent of Schools for Curriculum and Instruction for the Bloomfield School District. Mrs. Jenkins' love for working directly day to day with students and teachers led her to join the Saddle Brook administrative team in the summer of 2015 as the very proud principal of Long Memorial School.