A Day in the Life, 7/28/2016

“I’m working with the World Language team this summer primarily on curriculum development.  This year, DCPS is rolling out their first-ever World Language curriculum for all seven of their language offerings, so it’s been a busy time!  I’m supporting the work that Central Office staff and teachers are doing to develop not only the curriculum, but classroom resources that can be used in the fall and for years to come.”



Makayla Imrie is a UELIP Associate with the Office of Teaching and Learning.


Meet Feyikemi Ajayi

Hometown: Silver Spring, MD

What University do you attend? Undergrad/Grad?

University of Maryland, College Park

Why did you choose DCPS?

I chose DCPS because I am interested in education reform and I wanted to learn more about what education reform looks like in an urban school district. I’ve greatly enjoyed my time with DCPS so far as I’ve had the opportunity to work with like minded people who are passionate about education and children. I have faith that DCPS is on the right path and trajectory thanks to all of the talented and inspirational staff that work towards providing the most equitable education to the children of D.C.

What are some of your favorite hobbies?

I enjoy reading a good book, attending concerts and festivals, and staying up to date on memes.

If you could be any animal, what would you be? Why?

I’ve been told that I act like a sloth, and I can definitely see that. I tend to take my time when I’m doing things.

Meet Brittany Patrick


Hometown: Forestville, MD

What University do you attend? Undergrad/Grad?

  • Project PROPELL Doctoral student –University of Maryland, College Park
  • MSEd Special Education – Walden University
  • B.A. Speech Pathology – North Carolina A&T State University (Aggie PRIDE!)

Why did you choose DCPS?

Growing up in suburban Maryland, our Nation’s capital has always held a special place in my heart. I began my teaching career in DC and the prospect of learning what it takes to lead the most progressive urban school district in our nation is one I could not refuse. Thus far, the experience has far exceeded my expectations and I am thankful for the opportunity to make education better for children in the district.

What are some of your favorite hobbies?

Reading, traveling, painting, and yoga!

If you could be any animal, what would you be? Why?

I’d be a duck. Calm on the surface, but always paddling like the dickens underneath.

Please feel free to share anything else!

Shout out to the Special Education Inclusion Team that works so hard to address the needs of diverse learners!

Meet Trenicia Gerald


Hometown:  Prince George’s County, Maryland

What University do you attend? Undergrad/Grad?

University of the District of Columbia

Why did you choose DCPS?

I choose DCPS because I want to see the upcoming and future generations receive a great education and to make the changes that will spark the excitement for learning.

What are some of your favorite hobbies?

Reading, cheerleading, baking, playing board games

If you could be any animal, what would you be? Why?

If I could be any animal I would be a dog. A dog loyalty is strong and never waivers.

Meet Kieara Reed


Hometown: Southfield, Michigan

What University do you attend? Undergrad/Grad?

I am a rising senior at Northwestern University. I am studying Social Policy.

Why did you choose DCPS?

I chose the Urban Education Leadership Internship Program at DCPS for my internship this summer because it would give me a chance to see how things work behind the scenes in an urban school district. I have always been on the ground, in a classroom, and I aspire to be a teacher, so I believe it is important to have both perspectives. Being in Washington, D.C. is also a plus.

What are some of your favorite hobbies?

My favorite hobbies include reading, cooking, and watching television or movies with friends and family.

If you could be any animal, what would you be? Why?

I would be an elephant! Elephants are strong, wise, and emotional creatures!

Reflection on the Eastern Hiring Fair

By: Akanksha Shah

One of the best things about being a UELIP is that your work is not confined to the office. There are plenty of opportunities to see the projects you’re working on – whether its summer school, logistics, or teacher recruitment – in action.

Last Wednesday, July 13th, the Teacher Recruitment and Selection (TR&S) and Staffing teams put on the final DCPS Recruitment Fair of the year at Eastern High School. Almost half the district’s schools attended – over 50 schools had tables and talked to candidates. The candidate turnout was also impressive, as over 400 candidates attended the fair.

The hiring fair showed how many different staff roles are needed to run a successful school – schools were not only looking for teachers, but educational aides, custodial staff, librarians, counselors, and more. DCPS’s holistic approach towards student learning was apparent through the diversity of candidates in attendance. Many principals seemed to leave at the end of the day impressed with the strength of candidates they had talked to and ready to conduct further interviews.

Several UELIPs from both the TR&S and the Staffing teams also came to the fair in order to assist, helping with everything from setup, to principal and candidate registration, to passing out materials and answering questions on the fair floor. For the UELIPs providing support, it was an amazing opportunity to learn how a big event is put on, and to offer hands on staffing during such an event.

The packed fair also helped display the breadth of interest in working at DCPS. One UELIP, Natalie Knez, observed, “the wealth of attendees demonstrated the desirability of working in DCPS and the depth of the search our schools complete.”

Michael Redmond: Summer 2014 Cohort


  1. What is your name and alma mater? Which UELIP cohort were you a part of?

My name is Michael Redmond, and I was part of the Summer 2014 cohort. I attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville for my undergraduate studies, Belmont University for my graduate studies, and then the University of Southern California, Vanderbilt, and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Before UELIP, I also taught in the Metropolitan Nashville Public School System.

  1. What position were you in as a UELIP? What project(s) did you work on?

As a UELIP I worked in the Office of Teaching and Learning and was a part of the STEM department under Dr. Kim Cherry. My primary responsibility was building and facilitating relationships between STEM-geared internships and the schools to help provide relevant work and professional experience for students in their junior and senior years.

  1. What is your current position?

I am currently serving as the Summer School Principal at Truesdell Education Campus. I am also currently pursuing a doctorate at Georgetown that focuses on diverse student populations, with a primary research interest in mitigating the school to prison pipeline. I believe the path to the American criminal system begins in the school – where young black and brown children are over-identified in special education and under-identified in gifted education.

  1. What motivates you in your current position as Principal at Truesdell?

I think it is important for black and brown kids to know that the world does not determine how worthy they are. I stay in education because of those children, because of their dreams and their life trajectories. I want to give children the foundation to believe they can do whatever they want and be whoever they dream – I want children to believe that they are already excellent.

  1. What were your fondest memories from the UELIP program?

My fondest memory as a UELIP was heading the social committee and organizing events, like Jazz in the Sculpture Garden or Amazing Race. I would get into work really early – around 5:30am – and then by 12pm would have time to start planning everything out. I headed the committee with someone who would become one of my closest friends in life, Lincoln Boyd.

  1. What is one meaningful relationship you’ve formed during your time with DCPS?

Mary Ann Stinson, Principal at Truesdell EC, has been pivotal in my growth. She is really committed to my personal development and helped turn my good qualities into great qualities, and that has been really exciting for me as an educator so I can help my students become even better than they currently are. Principal Stinson was the first leader in my life who was very vocal in her encouragement of me.

  1. What advice would you give to UELIPs?

The same thing I tell my kids: your dreams are valid, and whatever you want to do, do it. Do not be afraid to go for it. There are going to be people in this world who tell you that you’re not smart or strong enough, but you just have to believe you’re capable and take that initiative yourself to accomplish your goals.