What do you do at AEM?
I manage complex projects for the US Department of Education. I love having the opportunity to make a difference in P-20 education. In one project, we focused on supporting states as they developed strategies to ensure all students have access to great teachers and principals.
We provide expert assistance to states and territories and our grantees as they work to implement new initiatives or programs. In many cases, we have to personalize plans of action and help our stakeholders to meet new federal requirements despite staffing and funding limitations. I lead a team of experts across the United States, but I also serve as a subject matter expert and provide direct support to clients.
How does AEM compare to previous places you've worked?
AEM has such a diverse team across the nation. I get to work with people who have experience across states, districts, and agencies. AEM’s people are some of the most hardworking and efficient and collaborative people that I’ve worked with in my career.
What's been a standout moment of working at AEM?
One of our contracts was about to end, and we had just finished our last in-person national workgroup meeting. Several of the states in the room came up to us and told us that the technical assistance we provided had been the most impactful they had ever received. Whenever they needed help, we were already putting out a new resource that addressed their need. That still gives me chills.