Jennifer is the Director of Advancement at Olney Friends School.  She is married to Mike Strough, a professional magician.
She was born in Barnesville, the daughter of Grace and the late Jim Compston.  Her mother was principal at Belmont and Bethesda Elementary Schools.  Her father worked as a machinist at Ohio River Collieries.  She has two older brothers.
Jennifer graduated from Union Local High School and received her BA in History at Wright State University in Dayton. She also completed graduate work at Franciscan University of Steubenville and obtained her teaching certificate.
Jennifer has always been a history buff and was interested in the American frontier and archeology as a child. She taught fourth grade at Bethesda Elementary for one year as a long-term substitute.  She was a substitute teacher for three more years in various schools throughout the area and worked one year full time at Switzerland of Ohio Schools teaching talented and gifted students.
In 1998, she began working for The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register as a reporter on the Ohio Staff. Her beats included Martins Ferry, St. Clairsville and Barnesville. She moved on to become Ohio Bureau Chief and then Marshall County Bureau Chief before becoming Assistant City Editor and, finally, City Editor of the newspapers.  
On what would have been her 15th anniversary date at the papers she began her new job this past September at Olney Friends Boarding School.  Along with being Director of Advancement, she also is co-director with Cindy Rogers of Olney’s new Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – or STEM – program.  
 In her free time, she and her husband are members of the Heritage Dance Association based in Wheeling. They enjoy performing any kind of dance from historical period dances (Civil War, Revolutionary War) up to “The Hustle” of the 1970s.  They have performed with the group at Fort Henry Days and for Wheeling’s Sesquicentennial Civil War Ball.  They recently joined the Ohio Valley Promenaders square dance group in Bellaire as students.
Olney Friends Boarding School is a college-preparatory day and boarding high school for students in grades 9-12.  The school provides hands-on learning experiences in its integrated humanities classes as well as its courses in science and math. A focus on conservation and the environment is supplemented with opportunities to learn from the land on the school’s 350-acre campus and farm.
Students must complete eight humanities, three mathematics, three lab science and two foreign language credits, along with health class, religion classes, fine arts and practical skills such as gardening.  Electives include writing, web design, welding, digital film and more.  Students must also write a formal, 20-page research paper in order to graduate, along with passing the Ohio Graduation Test. All students must be accepted to a four-year college before they graduate.
  In addition to its rigorous academic program, the school helps students build skills for living in community. Everyone is responsible for helping to maintain the facilities by performing duties such as daily cleaning of the Main building. Staff members frequently join students to perform necessary tasks, including washing dishes after meals and setting up communal areas for special events.
  Olney encourages students’ intellectual development and challenges them to grow in a variety of ways. With a teaching faculty of 10 to work with the 44 boarding and day students, there are plenty of opportunities for pupils to receive individual attention as needed.    
  Olney Friends School provides daily Farm-to-Table meals and uses organic practices on its farm. The school also participates in many activities and programs, such as Adopt-a-Highway, local hellbender salamander research at Captina Creek and music concerts and poetry readings that are free and open to the public.
  The school was founded on and still adheres to Quaker principles. Staff and students attend 10 minutes of unprogrammed worship each morning and evening, and for longer periods twice a week.  Olney Friends School is friendly, warm and inviting with people of diverse international, religious, social and economic backgrounds, but it is a place where everyone works, eats and plans together for the same goals and purposes. Alumni are credited with being a vital part to the ongoing success of the school.
     Jennifer’s job is to promote all of this plus the relationships between students, teachers and the community. She also works to make more people aware of the school’s involvement in the area and to let them know what a great place it is and what a quality education it offers.
     In Getting To Know..... Jennifer you also get to know Olney Friends School, and both welcome questions, visits and tours.