Jennifer Rider is the Director of Teaching and Learning Services at Fort Lewis College. She has been teaching for the past 15 years, and the beginning of her passion for working with kids started while she was in the Peace Corps in Honduras working with local schools on topics related to nutrition and the environment. She has taught high school Spanish in Durango and Glenwood Springs as well as teacher education courses at Fort Lewis College. Her experience living among Latin American cultures is vast, including a Fulbright Teacher Exchange in Mexico and leading various student trips to South America. Jen is passionate about multicultural and multilingual education as well as emerging educational technology. She holds a M.A. in Linguistically Diverse Education, a M.A. in Spanish Linguistics, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction with an emphasis in Educational Learning Technologies.
Jen loves playing in the mountains with her husband Warren and their daughter Willa (8), most of the time on a raft, skis, or bikes. They also spend evenings in their vegetable garden or biking around town, enjoying the fun of living in Durango.