Meet Kristiana Kim

Junior Associate Kristiana Kim
Junior Associate Kristiana Kim

Hometown: Temecula, California
School: Scripps College
Major: Science and Management
Minor: Music
UELIP Outreach Committee Project: Kristiana led the bulletin board decorating project. She also updates and redesigns the UELIP Blog, and hopes to tackle updating the UELIP website before she leaves
DCPS Office: Office of Human Capital, Teacher Recruitment & Selection
Project: Kristiana works with Mary Balla to help principals fill teacher vacancies with the most qualified candidates. She emails resumes to principals, updates the resume pool, fingerprinting, and drug-testing results, and assists her team with any tasks that need an extra hand. Continue reading “Meet Kristiana Kim”

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Meet James Tandaric

Junior Associate James Tandaric
Junior Associate James Tandaric

Hometown: Downers Grove, Illinois
School: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Majors: Economics and Political Science
Minor: Leadership Studies
UELIP Outreach Committee Project: James is one of the chairs for the UELIP Outreach Committee. He plans and leads the meetings with Avani. He also plans the Professional Development events: a social media workshop, a DISC assessment, and a Microsoft Outlook training session.
DCPS Office: Office of Human Capital, Strategic Staffing Team
Project: James’s supervisor is Tammy Whyte. James is an Orientation and Hiring Associate and the Person of Contact for Onboarding Sessions, which are orientation sessions for new hires for this upcoming academic year. Continue reading “Meet James Tandaric”

Meet Vivian Liang

Junior Associate and obese-chihuahua owner Vivian Liang
Junior Associate and obese-chihuahua owner Vivian Liang

Hometown: Ningbo, China
School: Vanderbilt University
Majors: Economics and Sociology
Minors: French and Studio Art
DCPS Office: Office of Human Capital, Data Analytics Team
Project: Vivian is working with Michael Gaskins on the annual labor report as well as the monthly memos on principal turnover and vacancy fill rate. She specifically works on data analysis, visualization, and layout design.
Future Career Goals: Vivian has not figured out what she really wants to do with her life. She has considered being an educational policy researcher, a gallery manager, a world language teacher, a homeless artist, or a data artist. Continue reading “Meet Vivian Liang”

Meet Akunna Uka

Future teacher and Senior Associate Akunna Uka
Future teacher and Senior Associate Akunna Uka

Hometown: Mount Vernon, New York
School: Swarthmore College
Major: Political Science
Minor: Educational Studies
DCPS Office: Office of Human Capital, Principal Effectiveness Team
Project: Akunna’s supervisor is Mark Donnelly. Her project is providing recommendations to improve the organization of the current database for prospective school leaders. She is also analyzing the data to answer key questions that will speak to the impact of current recruitment and selection efforts. Continue reading “Meet Akunna Uka”

Meet Eunice Stefan

Senior Associate Eunice Stefan
Senior Associate Eunice Stefan

Hometown: Richmond, Virginia
School: Duke University
Degree: Master of Arts in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies
DCPS Office: Office of Human Capital, Specialized Staffing
Project: Eunice’s main project is to collect information for substitute teachers. This requires creating a master list for the substitute teachers, sending e-mails, and inputting data into the Smart Find Express software system. Continue reading “Meet Eunice Stefan”

DCPS Office Culture

By Senior Associate: Eunice Stefan

We are at the halfway mark of the UELIP summer program, and it’s been quite an eye-opening experience.  I work primarily in the Office of Human Capital (OHC) on the staffing team. In simpler terms, you could say it is the human resource office, but at DCPS central office, it is so much more. OHC includes Teacher Effectiveness, Principal Effectiveness, Recruiting and Selection, Data Analysis, Data Processing and Staffing.

My main project deals with project management and communications on the staffing team. My project involves interacting with people in OHC and lots of time on my laptop. I am in charge of tracking and monitoring a list of hundreds of teachers who we need to collect information from. On top of this project, I have been kept busy with other side projects, networking on my own and attending professional development events that UELIP has organized. As interesting and rewarding those experiences were, I will talk about an aspect of this internship that is not usually talked about. Continue reading “DCPS Office Culture”