Owoade Ayorinde joins the center as a Graduate Research Assistant. She is also completing her last semester in the Masters of Education Policy and Leadership program in the School of Education. Owoade writes education blogs as an Early and Elementary Education Policy Intern at New America. Her current work involves research and analysis on policies that impact children from birth through third grade. Owoade believes the current education system must evolve into a wraparound service model that supports children, and their families, to close the opportunity gap. Her expertise involves examining federal and state policies that impact students from birth and into adulthood.
Prior to her time at AU, Owoade served as a Teach for America corps member in Dallas, TX. For two years, Owoade taught American History at the middle school level and passionately advocated for her students. She also served in multiple leadership roles including Elementary Literacy Instructional Coach Social Studies Department Chair. After three years in the classroom, she worked as the legislative intern for Maryland Senator Cheryl Kagan, assisting with policy research, legislative analysis, and constituent correspondence.
In 2018, Owoade was selected for the Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE), Policy and Advocacy Summer Fellowship, where she had an opportunity to work at ZERO TO THREE. During this time, she contributed to the federal policy team, with a focus on work and family issues, early care and education, and child welfare. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Family Science and a minor in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Jasmine Byrd joins the Center for Postsecondary Readiness and Success as an administrative assistant. She has a passion for education advocacy, and community engagement. In August, 2017, Jasmine received certificates of appreciation for 10 years of service in the Washington, D.C. Emery Heights community from Ward 4, Councilmember Todd, and Mayor Bowser. She currently serves on one the PAVE, Parent Leaders in Education Board in Ward 4.
Her educational background includes a BS in Political Science and a Child Development Associate certification from the University of the District of Columbia. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, she founded the company Party Time which facilitates STEAM Makerspaces within the community, engaging children from 2 years and up. She is currently pursuing a MA in Education Policy and Leadership at American University.