Dana Center Role
Jennifer serves as a coordinator for the Texas Homeless Education Office (THEO), helping Texas schools understand and implement the McKinney–Vento Homeless Education law through training, technical assistance, and networking. Her work offers multiple opportunities to deliver the crucial message of the need for the adults in school settings to provide support and assistance in a variety of ways, both in and out of the classroom, to children and youth who are experiencing homelessness.
Before Joining the Dana Center
Born and raised in El Paso, Texas, Jennifer has spent twenty years in education as a classroom teacher, reading teacher, and literacy coach, and is Reading Recovery-trained. She worked for ten years as a Title I specialist in the Department of State and Federal Programs at Socorro ISD, serving as the district homeless liaison, foster care liaison, program coordinator for a delinquent youth facility, and program coordinator for the Title I, Part A activities at private nonprofit schools. Prior to the Dana Center, Jennifer has also served as a director for Texas on the National Education Association Board.
Her work on the Board of Directors for the El Paso Coalition for the Homeless and the Texas Homeless Network here in Austin have further confirmed that education is key to ending homelessness.
Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education, University of Texas at El Paso, 1987
Master of Education, Administration, Sul Ross State University, 2006