Get to Know The DCPS Persists Team

Meet the DCPS Persists Coaches below. Information about the rest of our Coaching team coming soon!

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor in Ann Arbor, MI

Before coming to DCPS, Courtney worked at a local nonprofit to support teen parents in their college journeys. She is a proud alumna of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, where she…

BA from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities in Minneapolis, MN / M.Ed from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX

DL previously served as a College and Career counselor at KIPP DC College Preparatory High School where he managed a caseload of juniors and seniors, supporting them in developing and…

BA from CSU Monterey Bay in Seaside, CA

Griselda was raised in California and is a proud 1st generation CSU Monterey Bay alumna. She previously worked in Stockton, CA as the Manager of College Access for a scholarship…

BA from University of California in Irvine, CA / MA from Stanford University in Stanford, CA

Prior to coming to DCPS, Jan worked with first generation and undocumented students through the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Multicultural Education at George Mason University. Originally from the Philippines,…

BSA from University of Georgia in Athens, GA / MA from University of Maryland in College Park, MD

Janai is a recent graduate of the Higher Education master’s program at the University of Maryland, College Park. Prior to enrolling at UMD, Janai worked for the College Advising Corps…

BA from Stonehill College in Easton, MA / MS from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA

Jessica previously served as an Analyst on the DCPS Strategic School Operations Team where she built the Incident Reporting Tool. Prior to joining DCPS, Jessica worked for a federal consulting…

Howard University in Washington, DC

Mecca started her professional career as a middle school math teacher. After teaching for seven years, she transitioned in supporting youth with postsecondary planning. During this time she worked with…

BA from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL / MA from American University in Washington, DC

Prior to the Persists Coach position, Ricardo served as the Manager of Supplemental Instruction and Tutoring at American University. In addition he worked as an Instructional Aide in an early…

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Shawn came to DC to do a year of service with Americorps, where she served as a volunteer coordinator for two years at Reading Partners. She then transitioned to For…