Charleston County School District recently appointed Jennifer Coker as the executive director of alternative programs.
Coker has served in that role on an interim basis, with responsibilities that include overseeing the district’s alternative schools and programs such as Septima P. Clark Academy, Daniel Jenkins Academy, Liberty Hill Academy, and the FOCUS Program.
Staff within her department also handle homebound instruction, student discipline, crisis prevention and intervention training, drug and alcohol prevention and intervention, truancy, and monitoring students on probation.
“Jennifer has a heart for students who come from challenging backgrounds, and believes they can still achieve educational success with the right opportunities and people around them,” Terri Nichols, CCSD Associate Superintendent of Schools, said.
Coker joined CCSD as principal at West Ashley Middle School in January 2006. During her four years there, she helped the school improve its South Carolina Report Card At-Risk “Absolute Rating.”
In the summer of 2010, Coker moved to Daniel Jenkins Academy, and worked as the principal there until January 2016.