Competitive Employment Opportunities (CEO) is housed within the DC Public Schools Division of Specialized Instruction under the leadership of Brian Pick, Chief of the Office of Teaching and Learning, Kerri Larkin, Deputy Chief for the Division of Specialized Instruction, and Dr. Pamela Downing-Hosten, Director of Transition. Program specific staff include:
Ashlie oversees CEO’s three academies: Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS), Exercises in Transition (EXIT) and the Mentoring Academy. She is a former Special Education Teacher, having begun her career with the District of Columbia Public Schools at Cardozo High School. At Cardozo, Ashlie was a Cheerleading Coach and co-founder of Cardozo Ladies of Distinction, a mentoring program for young women. Ashlie earned a B.A. in Psychology from the The College of William and Mary, and a M.A. in Transition Special Education from The George Washington University.
Prior to Oluwaseyi Oseni’s position with the District of Columbia Public Schools, he taught at Northwest College Preparatory High School in the Rochester, NY. Following his time in the classroom, Oseni completed his Principal Residency at Bulkeley High School in Hartford, CT. Oseni also has experience in the non-profit sector where he worked as an Educational Manager for GDAY Foundation. Oseni earned a B.S. in Business Management from Hampton University and a M.A. in Educational Leadership from New York University.
Prior to joining DCPS, Courtney worked for Maya Angelou Public Charter Schools where she was the College and Career Specialist for the Young Adult Learning Center. In this role, Courtney assisted young adults between the ages of 17-24 connect with post-secondary education, vocational training, and workforce opportunities. Courtney has several years of experience in youth workforce development including the development and management of Urban Alliance’s Junior Business Program, a youth workforce development program that provided juniors from Dunbar and Anacostia SHS with workforce development training and access to professional internships in their career field of interest. In addition, she has facilitated education and training programs for teachers and youth in Chicago, Nashville, Washington, DC, South Sudan, Nigeria, India and Malawi, where she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Courtney received her Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education and English from Vanderbilt University and her M.A in International Training and Education from American University with an emphasis on Non-Formal Education Program Design for Transient Populations.