Jenny Tyrrell is a teacher and the author of The Power of Fantasy in Early Learning (Routledge Falmer), a thought provoking book that describes an alternative route into learning in which imaginations are harnessed and constantly stimulated. Described by Kieran Egan as “a book that every primary school teacher can read with delight and benefit”, it remains on the reading lists of teacher training programmes around the world.
A graduate of Christ Church College Canterbury, Jenny taught in primary schools in the United Kingdom and Hong Kong for 20 years before becoming a teacher educator. While undertaking a Masters Degree at the University of Nottingham, her dissertation won the United Kingdom Reading Association Dissertation of the Year Award and the University of Nottingham Blackwell Prize. It grew to become her acclaimed book, The Power of Fantasy in Early Learning.
Jenny then became a lecturer in the Department of English at The Hong Kong Institute of Education, where she worked with postgraduate teachers and co-authored the book Co-ordinating English at Key Stage 1 (Routledge Falmer). During this time, she also helped colleagues at Tsinghua University in Beijing develop a new primary English curriculum for China.
Jenny is currently retired in rural France, where she continues to teach children and adults in her own particular way.