Jennifer has been a dedicated educator and community leader for 12 years in the field of education. She has been a classroom teacher, an assistant principal, an elementary school principal and now as a Deputy Academic Officer for Hays CISD. In 2010, she founded the Del Valle International Explorers, an initiative that took students from diverse backgrounds to explore different parts of the world in hopes of broadening their expectations for their futures. She was selected as the campus and district teacher of the year and recognized by the HEB Educators Foundation as one of the top forty educators in Texas. Her goal as an educator is to connect and develop school, family and community partnerships. Her passion resulted in her receiving a doctorate in this field. Her experience allows her to understand and share research based practices that ultimately lead to student success and community development.