Dana Center Role
Jennifer leads the K–2 literacy intervention program for Literacy First, which is dedicated to providing low-income schools with highly trained tutors to ensure that children advance to grade level in reading before third grade. She also coordinates the partnerships between Literacy First and the Austin and Manor Independent School Districts.
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