Getting To Know: Jennifer Schuelke
BATON ROUGE, La. – The Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes at LSU recently hired Jennifer Schuelke as a learning specialist, bringing the former LSU softball standout catcher back to Louisiana to serve her alma mater.
“It is an incredible opportunity and honor to rejoin the LSU athletic family as a learning specialist at the CCACSA,” Schuelke said. “I am excited to be part of a team that successfully employs student-centered approaches to help athletes navigate the path to graduation. My successes as an LSU student-athlete and as an exacting educator create a unique blend of expertise, which will allow me to jump right in this fall to help empower our student-athletes to reach their highest potential in the classroom and in life. I thank Kenneth Miles and the search committee members for giving me the opportunity to serve on the CCASA learning team, and I look forward to helping take the program to the next level.”
Schuelke has spent the last six-plus years serving as department head and teacher in the Leander Independent School District in Austin, Texas. While there, she assisted with assessing training needs and mentoring new employees, while playing a large role in the execution and implementation of programs for students with special needs throughout the district.
“Jennifer has a strong passion and skill for assisting students in their holistic, and most specifically, learning development,” CCACSA Manager of Student Learning/Learning Specialist Kydani M. Dover said. She brings years of classroom teaching experience and academic skill building expertise to the Student Learning Program. As a former LSU student-athlete, her return to LSU and her contributions to the Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes will undoubtedly have an immediate and positive impact on both our students and programs.”
Schuelke was a member of the LSU softball team’s first-ever trip to the Women’s College World Series in 2001, staying on as a volunteer pitching and catching coach for the squad the very next season. Upon graduating, the SEC Honor Roll and three-time Dean’s List honoree was a high school teacher and coach in Ascension Parish, helping revise and align curriculum with state and federal standards, while helping schedule interscholastic events for four years.
Outside of working as a teacher and softball coach in Grapeland, Texas, and in Austin, Schuelke continues to work as an associate camp director in Jacksonville, Florida, where she partnered with the National Football League’s Jacksonville Jaguars to produce a free football camp for high school students from underrepresented groups. The camp primarily focuses on preparing future student-athletes for taking standardized tests, professional development and life-skills classes.
Schuelke has been the recipient of the Leander Education Excellence Foundation’s Excellent Educator Award four times, and the LEEF Innovative and Excellence grant twice.
Schuelke graduated from LSU with a bachelor’s degree in Secondary English Education in 2002.