Office of School Turnaround
Jason SnyderDeputy Assistant Secretary for
Policy, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education
Jason Snyder serves as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education. He leads the Office of School Turnaround, which administers the $4.5 billion School Improvement Grants program and coordinates the Department’s school turnaround efforts. Jason initially joined the Department through the White House Fellows program, a nonpartisan program for public service and leadership.
Before working at the Department, Jason served as a social studies teacher and education-law attorney. He taught government, history, and economics for six years in public secondary schools and for one year at the China Foreign Affairs University in Beijing. Jason also practiced education and appellate law at Hogan & Hartson LLP, where he advised school districts and drafted briefs in appellate courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court.
Jason earned a J.D. from U.C. Berkeley School of Law, a M.Ed. from U.C.L.A., and an A.B., with honors, in Public Policy from Stanford University. He served as Stanford student body co-president and Editor-in-Chief of the California Law Review at Berkeley. He enjoys spending his free time with his wife and two young daughters.
Carlas McCauleyGroup Leader
Carlas serves as the Group Leader at the U.S. Department of Education in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE). Carlas is tasked with directing and providing oversight of the administration of the School Improvement Grants program in the Office of School Turnaround. Since 2007, he has helped to administer approximately $5 billion toward improving schools.
Before joining the U.S. Department of Education, Carlas was a Project Director for the National Association of State Boards of Education, where he worked with state policy makers in an effort to transform secondary education through policy development.
Carlas holds a Masters and Doctorate of Education from the Rossier School of Education at University of Southern California located in Los Angeles, California. He is also a graduate of Saint Louis University located in St. Louis, Missouri.
Michael serves as Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education, where he helped develop the Office for Civil Rights’ new strategic plan and technical assistance strategy. He is currently detailed to the Office of School Turnaround, working on the office’s technical assistance and internal capacity initiatives, and is state contact to six states on their turnaround work. Prior to the Department, Michael worked as an organizer on the Presidential campaign of Barack Obama, first in Iowa and then in Virginia. Before that, he spent three years teaching middle school in the Harold Ickes Homes on Chicago's South Side. There, he became committed to school turnaround efforts after his students dramatically increased their proficiency in reading and writing on state tests. He graduated from Duke University with a major in public policy, and did graduate work in education policy at the University of Illinois-Chicago.
Kimberly is a senior program officer and team lead in the Office of School Turnaround, where she is responsible for a state monitoring team and the technical assistance working group. She previously served as team lead for health, mental health, environmental health, and physical education programs in the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, and led a variety of grant programs and projects related to school health and safety, including grants to integrate schools and mental health systems, a recognition program to identify effective models on college campuses, and a regional centers program that provided training and technical assistance to states and school districts. She also taught English in Japan and worked as a counselor for several community-based organizations serving disabled youth and adults. Kim has a BS in Rehabilitation Education from Penn State University and a MA in Human Resource Development from George Mason University, and lives in Virginia with her husband and teenage son.
Laticia is a program assistant in the Office of School Turnaround, where she works on internal capacity initiatives. Prior to joining OST, Laticia served as the assistant to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and School Turnaround. In that role, she scheduled meetings and travel and helped prepare documents for the Deputy Assistant Secretary’s speaking engagements. Previously, Laticia served as program assistant in the Student Achievement and School Accountability (SASA) office at the Department. She also worked as a legal instrument examiner at the United States Patent and Trademark Office, where she was responsible for reviewing patent and trademark documents. Laticia is excited to be working in OST and use her organizational and database skills to contribute to the team!
As a program officer with the Office of School Turnaround, Janine assists state educational agencies with their turnaround efforts and works on technical assistance and monitoring initiatives. She has also supported districts and states in the development and implementation of their educator evaluation systems as a program officer for the Teacher Incentive Fund Program. As a Master Educator with the District of Columbia Public Schools, Janine assessed the quality of classroom teachers’ instruction using the district’s Teaching and Learning Framework and provided tailored professional development to teachers based on their needs. She also volunteered with the Ministry of Education in Belize, where she conducted professional development workshops for educators. Prior to that, Janine taught middle school students with mild to moderate learning challenges in Oakland, California. She holds a Master’s Degree in Sociology and Education from Teacher’s College, Columbia University.
Molly serves as a program officer in the Office of School Turnaround, where she serves as state contact and works on internal capacity and monitoring/grantmaking initiatives. Molly previously served as a reading specialist in Stamford, Connecticut, at a school that received a School Improvement Grant. She also taught high school English in Manchester, New Hampshire. As an undergraduate at Vanderbilt University, Molly majored in secondary education and English and developed an interest in transforming high school students into passionate readers, thinkers, and writers. She also holds a master’s degree as a reading specialist from Teachers College at Columbia University. She is delighted to be working with the OST team!
Christopher is on detail with the Office of School Turnaround from Federal Student Aid (FSA) at the U.S. Department of Education. While at FSA, Christopher managed projects related to implementing policy through the products students and schools use in applying for and processing student aid. Prior to joining the Department, Christopher co-developed a nonprofit that advocates for children in the court system because of parental abuse and neglect and spent several years working in and with the federal TRIO programs. Having been a TRIO student himself, he recognizes the valuable impact access to a quality education and advocacy can have for low-income students. Christopher holds a B.A. in Business Development and Leadership from Westminster College where he graduated with honors and served as the first openly gay president of the student body. He also holds a master’s degree from Brandeis University in Sustainable International Development where he received a fellowship to further his studies because of his interest in, and commitment to, addressing the effects of poverty in the United States through education and advocacy.
Sara is a program officer in the Office of School Turnaround, where she serves as a state contact and also works on technical assistance and internal capacity initiatives. Prior to joining the Department, Sara served in state government on policy development and implementation related to teacher and principal preparation, licensure, recruitment and retention, and evaluation. Previously, Sara taught 6th grade writing in Gary, Indiana, 7/8 grade reading, writing and social studies at a bilingual charter school in Phoenix, Arizona, and served as a special education teacher’s aide in Germantown, Wisconsin. As an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Sara majored in international studies and journalism and studied abroad in Quito, Ecuador. She holds a Master in Teaching from Dominican University and a Master of Public Policy in Education from Vanderbilt University. She is thrilled to be working with the OST team to support states in implementing their ambitious plans to transform their lowest-performing schools.
Michael E. Wells, Ph.D.,
Michael is a senior program officer and Team Lead at the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of School Turnaround. He coordinates monitoring and support for the western states and Puerto Rico and leads the Office’s monitoring and grantmaking initiatives. Michael has worked in the fields of psychology and public education for over 30 years. He has had a private practice in psychotherapy, taught at the university level, and has administered school safety and student services programs at the local and federal level, as well as establishing and directing the operation of public alternative school programs. Michael received his undergraduate degree and doctorate in counseling and educational development from the University of North Carolina and his master’s degree in psychology from Western Michigan University. He is licensed as a psychologist and a professional counselor. He and wife Dianne have five sons and six grandchildren.
David serves as a program officer and the internal capacity workgroup leader at the Office of School Turnaround. Prior to joining the Department, David was an elementary and middle school ESL teacher in Washington, DC where he also served as middle school staff coordinator. In college, he volunteered as a language tutor to foreign exchange students and also worked as a campus recruiter for Teach For America. An avid traveler, David has studied in Madrid, Spain and worked in Sydney, Australia for the Australian Minister for Defense. Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, David has a BA in Political Science and a BS in Social Studies Education from Boston University and a MA in Teaching English for Speakers of Other Languages from American University.