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Jayda Batchelder

Education Opens Doors
Founding Executive Director

Jayda Batchelder serves as the Founding Executive Director of Education Opens Doors, a Dallas-based nonprofit organization whose vision is to ensure students will pursue their limitless potential, ultimately eliminating educational inequity.  As Executive Director, Jayda leads strategic planning, program development, and fundraising efforts. To date, EOD has earned over 3 million dollars in philanthropic and earned income while empowering nearly 33,000 students since the organization’s founding in 2012.

Jayda was inspired to create Education Opens Doors while teaching in a high needs middle school in Dallas, Texas. As an award-winning science teacher, Jayda realized that despite her students’ academic success, their lack of college knowledge was still a barrier. Thus the Roadmap to Success student manual was created. This manual is the cornerstone of the Roadmap to Success Program, a high-impact, train the trainer resource currently used by 55 different partner organizations across Texas and New Orleans.

Jayda is recognized as a thought leader for her work in the college access sphere. Most recently, she was honored to be a Marshall Memorial Fellow through the German Marshall Fund. In 2016, Jayda was selected as a Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation Entrepreneur and in 2015 Jayda was named a “40 Under 40” honoree by the Dallas Business Journal. She graduated from Tulane University in 2009, receiving her bachelor’s degree in Public Health and Psychology.

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