Jen Oliver

Executive Program Specialist and Midwest Team Leader

Jen Oliver provides on-site training, support, and in-depth coaching to district and school leaders, teacher leaders, classroom teachers and university faculty. 

Jen loves to learn about learning. She is passionate about sharing that love with those with whom she works and supports. Jen believes all students can learn when they are provided with an effective teacher who is equipped with the right skills, knowledge and dispositions.

Prior to her work at NIET, Jen served as the project director for Indiana's $46 million Teacher Incentive Fund grant to strengthen teacher effectiveness and student achievement in high-need schools across the state. She worked closely with district and school leaders as well as policymakers to ensure the success of the grant initiative. Her experience also includes working in state policy advocacy, serving as a student assessment specialist at the Indiana Department of Education and working as a teacher leader and teacher at both the middle school and high school levels. 

Jen earned master's and bachelor's degrees from Indiana University and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. from Indiana State University in education leadership.

 Jen  Oliver

Why are you passionate about working at NIET? 

I am passionate about working at NIET when I am able to visit classrooms and see the impact of our support efforts. Seeing teachers improving and thriving in their roles and the impact that has on student growth and achievement is simply breathtaking!

What do you do in your free time?

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband, family and friends and taking long walks with my Goldendoodle. I also enjoy cooking, reading, watching sports and listening to live music.

Who is your favorite teacher?

My favorite teacher is my kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Ellsworth. She taught me how to read and to love to read. For years I was convinced I was her favorite student, although now I realize she made every student feel that way. Mrs. Ellsworth had a lasting impact on my life and is someone I will never forget.