Meet the Staff

Jennifer Mathis

Jennifer MathisA doctoral candidate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Jennifer Mathis has had a distinguished career in special education. During her 15 years as a Speech Language Pathologist in Greeley-Evans Weld County School District 6 and Brighton School District 27J she came to believe public schools could better support students with disabilities by improving instructional decision-making through the use of achievement and behavioral data. She is particularly interested in educational leadership characteristics and practices that support the use of data to inform instructional decision-making for whole-school reform.

With a doctoral minor in Applied Statistics and Research Methods, Ms. Mathis was selected for the first cohort of EII’s Internships in Education Research Methods in 2012. Her research focus is on the fidelity of implementation and effectiveness of Response to Intervention systems used to identify and support the educational needs of students with learning difficulties. Before enrolling as a doctoral student, she earned her bachelor’s, master’s, and education specialist degrees from UNC.