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Assistant Ombudsman

Ryvell D. Fitzpatrick was hired as an Assistant Ombudsman for Public Education in August 2018.  As a student and a teacher in the Mississippi Delta, he developed a deep passion for the success of the public education system.  He has worked with students at every educational level: primary, secondary, undergraduate, and graduate.  Prior to joining the Office of the Ombudsman, Ryvell served as a Fellow for the Office of the Student Advocate for over a year.  He has also worked with the American Civil Liberties Union, Mississippi Center for Justice, and Amara Legal Center.  Ryvell received a B.S. in Secondary Education from Mississippi State University and a J.D. from Howard University School of Law.  

Assistant Ombudsman

Beryl Trauth-Jurman was hired as an Assistant Ombudsman in February 2017 after serving as a Fellow for the office in 2015 and 2016. He has spent the last ten years working with youth and he is passionate about helping parents and children understand their rights in the education system. Beryl has been trained in mediation, facilitation and conflict coaching and he hopes to utilize these skills to help empower the parents and families that contact the Ombudsman’s office. Beryl received his BA and Master’s degree from George Mason University, School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution with a focus on interpersonal and small group resolution practices. 

Legislative Affairs Specialist

Khadijah Williams is the Legislative Affairs Specialist for the Office of the Ombudsman for Public Education. She became Program Associate in November 2015 after serving as Fellow for the Ombudsman office, until April 2018, when she became the office's Legislative Affairs Specialist.  Khadijah credits her experience as a homeless youth in public schools in California for her ability to understand and empathize with parents' concerns regarding their children's education. Prior to the State Board of Education, Khadijah worked for edCount, which supports states and school districts in fulfilling various policy, program, and assessment needs, and Amplify, which creates digital common-core aligned curriculum and assessments. Khadijah holds a bachelor's degree in sociology from Harvard University.