MEET OUR MANAGING DIRECTOR
Dr. Jennifer Porter is the managing director of OnRamps and brings more than 20 years of professional experience in the education sector and a lifetime of passion for seeing students and teachers succeed. Realizing firsthand the barriers to higher education and to navigating the transition to and through, she brings a unique lens to the OnRamps mission and dedicated to bringing about change through true partnerships that put people first and engage the entire educational system as a whole.
Since joining OnRamps in 2015, Jennifer has innovated our professional learning and professional development offerings, building from the ground up both the recent Distance Learning Catalog to serve educators across the nation and our training for OnRamps Instructors who teach our courses and have impacted student learning, instruction, and college readiness outcomes.
In her previous role as OnRamps' Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Jennifer also led the development and implementation of OnRamps courses through collaboration with The University of Texas at Austin Faculty.
Prior to joining OnRamps, Jennifer held numerous leadership positions as a campus and district administrator at public schools across Texas. She served as Assistant Superintendent of Learning and Leadership at Little Elm ISD and Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Academic Services at Comal ISD. In these roles, she was responsible for leadership of curriculum, instruction, assessment, and technology to ensure that district goals and objectives were met and realized with fidelity to serve students.
Jennifer held adjunct faculty positions at The University of Texas at San Antonio and Concordia University, respectively. Before then she held numerous teaching positions at Dallas ISD, from kindergarten through eighth grade.
Jennifer earned a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from The University of Texas at Austin and a master’s degree in developmental psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University where she also worked as a research assistant for the National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools and Teaching (NCREST). She earned a bachelor’s degree in multidisciplinary studies from Texas Tech University.
Read her latest post on distance learning and five strategies for building authentic student-teacher relationships.