Who We Are

Dr. Jennifer Richards is an assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Communications, and Education at the University of Tennessee and is the Curriculum Specialist for Tennessee 4-H. She developed and is the Director of the Hands On program, which has served over 55,000 students since 2007. She is an experienced middle school classroom teacher with extensive research experience in developing, validating, and evaluating interdisciplinary curricula and teacher professional development. Dr. Richards secures external funding for the program, recruits team members and affiliated faculty, and actively builds networks among classroom teachers and school system administrators to ensure the sustainability and success of the Hands On program.
IMG_5576 Mark Wenke is a master’s candidate in the Food Science program at the University of Tennessee. As the Graduate Research Assistant with Hands On, Mark will coordinate implementations with schools, ship supplies to schools, and maintain the Hands On e-mail account.
   James Swart is a master’s candidate in the Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications program at the University of Tennessee.  As a Graduate Research Assistant, James works with the Hands On team to update existing curriculum and develop new curriculum for new states.