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Growing up in an underserved region of Puerto Rico, Jennifer saw first hand how important access to quality and equitable education is to both individuals and the community. She firmly believes that family engagement should live at the forefront of all education.
Over the last decade Jennifer has taught English to adult learners and created and implemented a K-5 bilingual music curriculum in which she combined music and literacy to support English Language Learners across the Boulder Valley School district. Jennifer also worked with numerous community organizations like the Boulder Philharmonic to create bilingual access to their Concert series for students and families. Continuing her work around family advocacy, Jennifer served as the Director of Family Engagement for STRIVE Prep Charter Schools in Denver Colorado. There she led their family engagement program, recruitment and enrollment strategies, and health and wellness initiatives across 11 campuses, serving over 3,800 students and their families. In this role, Jennifer was able to work alongside families in advocating and implementing resources including computer classes, language classes, cooking, health initiatives, immigration information, college and career ready classes and much more. Jennifer is passionate about racial justice work and served as a member and lead on the Advisory Council where she created and implemented Diversity and Equity training for over 500 staff.
After moving to D.C. Jennifer continues her work with the Kindred team as the Director of Program Design. Here she continues advocacy work through developing curriculum and programming that further empowers families to create lasting impact in their communities.
Jennifer is a licensed teacher and has earned a B.A. in Music at the Interamerican University in San German, Puerto Rico, and an M.A. in Educational Equity and Cultural Diversity from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Most recently Jennifer has been accepted into an Educational Leadership program at the School of Education at Harvard University.