Jennifer Coker is an IIRP Instructor, Adjunct Professor at College of Charleston, and Leadership Coach. Throughout her three decades in K-12 public education in Ohio and South Carolina, she served as a Special Education Teacher, Assistant Principal, Principal, and Executive Director in the District Office of the second largest school district in South Carolina.  

During her career, she has specialized in working with students with emotional and behavioral challenges which included being the Principal of an alternative school for five years. In her District Office role, she was tasked with improving school climate, decreasing student discipline, and increasing attendance across the district.  This challenge led Jennifer to begin her work in restorative practices and started her relationship with the IIRP. Upon her retirement, a comprehensive plan to implement restorative practices across the district was established.

Jennifer earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Special Education from Baldwin Wallace College in Berea, Ohio.  She then attended Charleston Southern University where she earned her master’s degree in School Administration.  

When she is not working, she can be found spending with her husband of 25 years, their two sons, and two dogs.