Mrs. Jekel was born and raised in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. After high school, she attended the Templeton Honors College at Eastern University, earning a double major in Mathematics and PPE (Philosophy, Politics, and Economics). Upon graduation, Mrs. Jekel moved to Phoenix, AZ where she worked as a mathematics and economics teacher for the Great Hearts Classical Academies.
While in Phoenix, Mrs. Jekel learned a lot. For example, she learned how beautiful mathematics is, how awesome and challenging it is be a teacher, and how to coach cross country and run a community service club. She also learned how beautiful desert sunsets could be, how many prickly things could grow in one place, and how it was possible to run and hike in weather even hotter than 100 degrees Fahrenheit. And she learned how much a person could miss green and moisture and autumn and her family, so in the summer of 2017, she moved back to Pennsylvania, got married to a Mr. Jekel, and took a job as the assistant director of a Mathnasium tutoring center in Rosemont.
Mrs. Jekel currently lives with her husband in Bridgeport and is looking forward to the many more things she will learn as a part of the Martin Saints faculty.