Jean was born and raised in Ontario, Canada. In 2011, she received a Bachelors degree in Science (Honours) from McMaster University, specialising in genetics. An important thing she learned from her honours degree was that she really enjoyed discussing science with others. As a result, she headed to Australia where she completed a Master’s degree in Science Communication at the University of Western Australia. For her master’s dissertation she investigated impacts of a marine debris citizen science professional development program on participating teachers. Currently she works part time as a research officer at the University of Western Australia on complementary research looking at impact of the program on student participants.