Visionary. Passionate. Resilient.

Education Opens Doors is staffed by individuals who embody these characteristics and represent our core values. Each member of the Education Opens Doors team cares deeply about increasing student access to college knowledge.

Roscoe Compton-Kelly
CEO
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Roscoe Compton-Kelly
CEO

roscoe@educationopensdoors.org

Roscoe Compton-Kelly serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Education Opens Doors, where he leads the cultivation, relationship management and strategy around EOD partners and donors.

Prior to joining Education Opens Doors, Roscoe worked at Scholastic Book Fairs for over 20 years and served in several leadership capacities during his tenure. Most recently, he worked as Territory Manager of Strategic Partnerships where he oversaw the business strategy and implementation of new business partnerships in school districts across the southern US.

Roscoe is a Texas native, a child and spouse of current Texas educators. Roscoe attended Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. He is an avid reader and traveler. Roscoe also serves on the Board of Directors of Dallas Hope Charities, and also as singing member of the world-
renowned Turtle Creek Chorale.

Andy Lovley
Senior Director of Operations
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Andy Lovley
Senior Director of Operations

andy@educationopensdoors.org

Prior to joining Education Opens Doors in 2015, Andy spent eight years pursuing his loves of teaching and travel, working with underprivileged students in Taiwanese cities, an impoverished Chilean desert town, and a marginalized indigenous Panamanian island. As a result of these and many other global and local experiences, his perspectives (and wonder) have deeply broadened, affirming his belief in the value a degree holds no matter where one calls home. Andy earned his Bachelor of Arts in History and Secondary Education from Holy Cross in 2006 and a Masters of Public Service from the University of Arkansas Clinton School in 2015. In his current role, Andy is deeply entrenched in most facets of the organization’s operations. Human resources, research and development, supply chain management, financial reporting, and major marketing initiatives are some of the areas that he oversees as Director of Operations and Innovation.

When I was in middle school, I wanted to be…

The starting shortstop for the Boston Red Sox.

Jordan Bender
Director of Advancement
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Jordan Bender
Director of Advancement

jordan@educationopensdoors.org

Jordan Bender currently serves as Director of Advancement for Education Opens Doors. Before joining the Education Opens Doors team, Jordan worked as the Development Manager for ScholarShot, where she managed donor relations and played a key role in developing Corporate partners. Jordan has a wide range of experience in development; her specialties include fundraising, cultivating donor relationships, planning and coordinating special events, social media marketing, and grant writing.

Jordan received a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Marine Policy from the University of Miami. Jordan began her career in non-profit environmental education, but eventually transitioned to a non-profit career focused in fundraising. While she is originally from South Florida, Jordan now considers herself to be a Texan. Jordan has committed herself to serve her community and helping individuals realize their full potential. As a former educator, she knows and recognizes the disconnect in communities with education and has prioritized working to close that gap.

 

When I was in middle school, I wanted to be…

an astronaut or marine biologist!

 

Charles Woods
Director of Curriculum & Digital Content
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Charles Woods
Director of Curriculum & Digital Content

charles@educationopensdoors.org

Charles has taught elementary and middle school in several Dallas-Fort Worth school districts. After a fifteen-year career, he accepted a position as a curriculum developer/project manager with a computer science immersion company, serving schools in Boston, California, and Texas.

Most recently, Charles has continued in project management and instructional design in contracted leadership roles in higher education and private industry. His specialty and passion remain ultimately in the service and development of people, leveraging the appropriate technologies and resources.

Charles has earned a PhD in Learning Technologies from The University of North Texas, a Master’s in Educational Administration from Prairie View A&M University, and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from The University of Central Arkansas. In addition, he maintains multiple teacher and administrative certifications.

When I was in middle school, I wanted to be…

an artist

Kelsey Martin
Manager of Creative Projects
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Kelsey Martin
Manager of Creative Projects

kelsey@educationopensdoors.org

Kelsey Martin is the Manager of Creative Projects at Education Opens Doors. She comes to the EOD team with experience in both local and international education arenas and is passionate about changing the narrative of what seems possible in digital learning spaces.

As an English Language Arts educator at a Title I high school in Central FL, Kelsey sought to educate the whole student through thoughtful approaches to literature and social complexities. Upon leaving the classroom, Kelsey served as a founding creative team member for an educational start-up based in Beijing, China focusing on mobile app development and the social-emotional development of young children. Through these experiences, she was equipped to enter the dynamic world of higher education where she partnered with various subject matter experts and university officials to create equitable and inclusive digital learning materials in the midst of an unprecedented pandemic. She is honored to be a part of the Education Opens Doors team and excited to continue their life-changing work in Dallas, TX and beyond.

Kelsey holds a BA in Secondary English Language Arts Education from The University of Central Florida and a M.Ed. in Instructional Design & Technology with certification in Digital & Distance Learning from The University of South Florida.

when i was in middle school, i wanted to be…

A detective.

Nia Cottonham
Impact Manager
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Nia Cottonham
Impact Manager

nia@educationopensdoors.org

Nia is excited to continue to serve the Dallas-Fort Worth community as an Impact Manager to help provide educational access to all students and empower the next generation of leaders. Prior to joining the EOD team, Nia professionally worked as a single-gender educator in Dallas, Tx. In 2016, she began her career in education as a DFW Teach for America corp member teaching 8th grade english language arts and reading for 2 years.  Upon leaving 8th grade she continued teaching scholars reading and language arts from grades 5 to first. Through her experiences working with students from diverse backgrounds and populations, one thing has remained evident: education opens the door for opportunities for others to live out their purpose. She whole-heartedly believes that the gift of knowledge and understanding of opportunities and one’s own potential, ignites their ability to walk in their God-given purpose. Nia has experience developing student-centered curriculum, creating and leading adult professional development, as well as mentoring new teachers.

Phil Ward
Impact Manager
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Phil Ward
Impact Manager

phil@educationopensdoors.org

Phil Ward is excited to continue to serve the Dallas-Fort Worth community as an Impact Manager with Education Opens Doors, supporting teachers in equipping their students with the awareness, knowledge, and skills they need to become the next generation of leaders and world changers.

Prior to joining the team at EOD, Phil worked as an facilitator and program manager, equipping and training young adults on soft skill development and life skills, while empowering them to walk boldly into Fortune 500 companies through internships that led to gainful employment. While his experiences working with students from different backgrounds and socio-economic populations has varied, he has held firm to the belief that elevation and empowerment isn’t just tied to purpose, it’s tied to perspective. He aspires to not just “open doors”, but open the eyes of as many people as possible, encouraging them that while opportunity is not always created equally, determination and will are, and they never have to settle for being defined by the situations or circumstances they may have been born in. For over a decade, Phil’s life mission has allowed him countless opportunities in the areas of curriculum development, facilitation, people empowerment and life coaching and has resulted in creating a ripple effect that will profoundly impact this community and beyond for generations to come.

 

when i was in middle school, i wanted to be…

The starting Point Guard for the Los Angeles Lakers!

Maxi Anderson
Advancement Associate
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Maxi Anderson
Advancement Associate

maxi@educationopensdoors.org

Maxi Anderson currently serves as an Advancement Associate at Education Opens Doors. Before joining Education Opens Doors, Maxi worked at United Way of Metropolitan Dallas in the resource development department. She worked as a corporate relations manager. She developed and managed account strategies for multiple corporate partners increasing revenue through employee-giving campaigns, volunteer engagement, sponsorships, and significant, mid-level, and corporate gifts.

Maxi received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Entrepreneurship, Venture Management, and Marketing from The University of Oklahoma. Her minor areas of study focused on nonprofit organizations, non-governmental organizations, and African-American Studies. Maxi is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from Drexel University. She is a Texas native and has multiple lifelong educators in her family. She enjoys traveling and exploring the globe (visited all seven continents) to help understand and bridge cultures. To live her life as a reflection of her passion, Maxi loves assisting others in reaching their full potential.

Kristen Pereira
Senior Curriculum Specialist
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Kristen Pereira
Senior Curriculum Specialist

kristen@educationopensdoors.org

A seasoned educator, Kristen is passionate about providing college readiness skills and knowledge to students in order to empower them through their educational journeys and beyond. In her time teaching, she often came across students who wanted to go to college but simply didn’t know what to do to achieve their goals. This sparked a career-long commitment to providing students with the information and skills they need to set and attain their aspirations. She deeply believes that all students should be equipped with the knowledge and tools to make informed decisions about their future.

Kristen is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and continues to serve on the UTeach Liberal Arts Advisory Council. She received a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of North Texas and focused primarily on college readiness and gifted and talented education in her course work. Kristen taught for 14 years throughout North Texas.

Christine Vu
Manager of Partnerships
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Christine Vu
Manager of Partnerships

christine@educationopensdoors.org

Christine Vu serves as the Manager of Partnerships at Education Opens Doors. She is a first-generation college graduate and received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Masters in Marketing from the University of Texas at Dallas.
Christine has always had a passion for education and the opportunities it provides. After starting her career in the private sector, Christine decided to dedicate her efforts toward combating social disparities and focused on education. She is an AmeriCorps alum and served in Title I schools, leading literacy programs for underserved students and communities in Dallas. She continued her work in Title I schools managing education programs for multiple schools across the Dallas metroplex focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Christine believes in the power of community and in the ability we all have to transform lives. She enjoys cooking, practicing yoga, and taking road trips with her dogs and husband.

WHEN I WAS IN MIDDLE SCHOOL, I WANTED TO BE…

a veterinarian!

Marcus Piñon
Senior LMS Administrator
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Marcus Piñon
Senior LMS Administrator

marcus@educationopensdoors.org

Marcus currently holds a B.F.A. in Theatre with a minor in Business Administration from Southern Methodist University and as well as a M.S. in Information Technology and Management from the University of Texas at Dallas.  Originally joining Team EOD as the Executive Assistant and now acting as its LMS Administrator, Marcus strives to be a vital part of EOD’s Digital Programs Team. He aims to continue his journey of helping people from low-income and/or minority backgrounds circumvent the systemic obstacles they face every day.

Out of all his positions such as after-school program counselor, camp counselor, and other jobs centered on helping kids, his favorite has been working with the teachers and kids in the DISD Deaf Education portion of the Callier Child Development Center; a program with a focus on discovering and meeting every child’s specific needs. Marcus has also been awarded the renowned title of Cooper Camp Counselor of the Year, an accolade voted on by 5-year-olds to 13-year-olds in Cooper Aerobics’ Summer Fit & Fun Camps. He attributes this award to his belief in empathetic-driven environments where one can learn and grow, but also have a whole lot of fun in the process.

WHEN I WAS IN MIDDLE SCHOOL, I WANTED TO BE…

a chef. (I still make a great omelet!)

Devon Lockard
Data Manager
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Devon Lockard
Data Manager

devon@educationopensdoors.org

Devon Lockard, M.Ed., is the Data Manager at Education Opens Doors. Devon’s education background started out with a position as a physics and math teacher in a high-needs school in Wichita, Kansas where he conducted a mentorship program targeting Black male students and coached Track and Field. He later became a program director for a TRIO college access program that targets low-income and first generation students before he relocated to Dallas and taught math in Dallas Public Schools. Devon gained experiences in education research as an assistant data scientist at the University of Oklahoma finding ways to improve campus policies to increase retention, as well as being a research assistant at Southern Methodist University delving into student debt and teachers of color in the labor market. Devon holds a passion for youth development and mentorship as a previous board member and program advisor for a non-profit focused on college access for Black male students.

Devon Lockard received his Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education: Physics from Wichita State University and also completed a Master’s degree in Adult and Higher Education: Institutional Research from the University of Oklahoma. Devon is currently a Ph.D. student in Education at Southern Methodist University with research focuses in econometrics and access, retention, and success of underrepresented populations.

 

when i was in middle school, i wanted to be…

An astronomer.

Jeff McGuire
Manager of Policy & Advocacy
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Jeff McGuire
Manager of Policy & Advocacy

jeff@educationopensdoors.org

Jeff McGuire is the Manager of Policy & Advocacy at Education Opens Doors. Prior to joining EOD, Jeff served as an 11th grade AP English teacher and IB English teacher in West Dallas for three years. Before becoming a classroom teacher, Jeff worked for an education non-profit advocacy group in Washington, D.C., where his work focused on improving the educational circumstances for military-connected children. Prior to his career in education, Jeff served five years as an Airborne Infantryman in the U.S. Army, serving one twelve-month deployment to Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom and one eighteen-month deployment to South Korea.

Jeff received his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Oklahoma and holds a Master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University in Education, and a Master’s degree from George Mason University in Conflict Analysis and Resolution.

 

when i was in middle school, i wanted to be…

A writer.

Jayda Batchelder
Founder
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Jayda Batchelder
Founder

Jayda Batchelder is the founder and former CEO of Education Opens Doors. Jayda was inspired to create Education Opens Doors in 2012 while working as a Teach For America corps member at a high need middle school in Dallas, TX. It was through her work as an award-winning science teacher that she realized content mastery alone did not adequately prepare her students for success. She searched for a resource or program to meet this need, and when she realized one did not exist, she developed the Roadmap to Success student manual. In 2012 she left the classroom to launch Education Opens Doors to expand student access to the Roadmap to Success.

Jayda’s work in the college access sphere has garnered her a number of accolades. In 2015, Jayda was named a “40 Under 40” honoree by the Dallas Business Journal. In 2016, she was selected as a Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation Entrepreneur and in 2017 was selected as a Marshall Memorial Fellow. Most recently she was honored as an inaugural recipient of the I Stand for Parkland Community First Award.

When I was in middle school, I wanted to be…

I wanted to be a marine biologist (funny because I lived in a landlocked state) or a veterinarian!

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