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State Board Staff Biographies

Staff Biographies

John-Paul C. Hayworth, Executive Director

Sean Chalk, Policy Analyst

Sean Chalk is the Policy Analyst for the DC State Board of Education. Prior to joining the Board in 2015, he worked as a research associate at the Education Week Research Center.  There he analyzed quantitative and qualitative data on a wide range of topics, such as: school finance, early childhood education, school climate, and the Common Core State Standards.

Sean has resided in the District since 2011. Before that he worked at a literacy program in his hometown of Los Angeles, and taught 9th grade students at a charter school in Boston, Mass. He holds an MPA from American University, and bachelor’s degrees in political science and journalism from Boston University.

Paul Negron, Program Support Specialist

Paul Negron is the Program Support Specialist for the DC State Board of Education. Prior to joining the State Board, he worked as a career education manager for two local non-profits who provide job readiness training and placement to low-income, underserved DC area residents. In this role, Paul specialized in delivering industry-specific career development training that provided targeted advice through positive reinforcement and encouragement. Additionally, Paul has cultivated strong relationships with many community-based organizations and employers here in the District.

A passionate education and job-training advocate, Paul has worked vigorously throughout his career to ensure students successfully achieve their educational and career goals. Paul has resided in the District since 2013, currently living in Ward 1’s Mt. Pleasant neighborhood. Before moving to DC, he worked as a marketing director for an international language school and a web copywriter for a timeshare organization in Florida. Paul holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Washington and Lee University.  

Jamikka Briscoe-Kendrick, Staff Assistant

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