Carlene has 15 years of experience as a special educator. She began her education career in 2008 as a speech therapist at St. Coletta of Greater Washington Special Education Public Charter School. During this period she also taught courses at Prince George’s Community College. Carlene served in various roles at St Coletta for 6 years until transitioning to provide preschool special education evaluations at District of Columbia Public Schools’ (DCPS) Early Stages. Carlene evaluated over 300 preschoolers to determine their need for special education and related services. In 2016, Carlene began working at the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) as the preschool special education coordinator for the District of Columbia. As preschool special education coordinator (IDEA Part B, 619), Carlene created trainings on inclusive practices for early childhood providers in all sectors of preschool education including child care, charter schools, and DCPS. Additionally, she provided training to community partners in early intervention and librarians. During her time at OSSE, Carlene developed policy as well as created monitoring systems for K-12 schools in an effort to protect the rights and interests of children with delays and disabilities. Currently, Carlene is a project officer for the federal government administering personnel preparation and education technology grants.
Carlene received a Bachelor’s degree in communicative sciences and disorders from Hampton University (2006) and a Master’s degree in speech-language pathology from Florida State University (2008). Carlene earned her Doctor of Education (EdD) at Drexel University in 2019. Her dissertation focused on D.C.’s quality improvement efforts for children with disabilities in child care settings.
Carlene has been highly active in community efforts related to education. When she returned to Maryland in 2008, she tutored 3rd-grade students in reading on Saturdays at Potomac Landing Elementary School for 5 years. In 2013, Carlene purchased a home in Anacostia and became the Program Chairperson for River East Emerging Leaders (R.E.E.L). From 2016 through 2019, Carlene served on the Interagency Coordinating Council (ICC), as well as, the Early Intervention and Family Supports committee of the State Early Childhood Development Coordinating Council (SECDCC) which are key early childhood commissions in the District of Columbia. In 2017, she was awarded the Wilma Holmes Tootle Education Enhancement award by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., an organization that she is a proud and active member of. Lastly, Carlene is a certified member of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA).