Arron Gregory, J.D., is a 19-year senior educational leader with a proven track record of transformational school leadership practices that improve equity and excellence for professional learning communities. More recently, he served as Director of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion for the Trotwood-Madison City School District in Ohio. Some highlights of his work include:
- Leading the development and implementation of proactive diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, which supported Trotwood-Madison City School District’s Strategic Vision and District Improvement Plan;
- Presided over the installation of the district’s school-based health center advisory council;
- Designed and funded sensory rooms to support special needs students; and
- Developed and directed a district-wide Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) program that will decrease student discipline by embedding Restorative Justice, Mental Health, and Social Emotional Learning (SEL) practices.
Prior to working for the Trotwood-Madison City School District, he was the Coordinator of School Improvement for the State Support Team (SST) Region 11 at the Educational Service Center (ESC) of Central Ohio. He was the primary lead for the agency’s professional development on school improvement processes for the Central Ohio region. His passion for special education, leadership development, and closing achievements gaps of low performing schools has improved the competencies and performances of participants of his coaching and specialized training series.
Before arriving at ESC, he worked at the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) for 14 years. There he served as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Improvement School Liaison for the Office of Improvement & Innovation. In this position, he oversaw the monitoring and support for nearly 600 improvement schools to implement best practices that led to student success and closing achievement gaps. Proudly, he was promoted to work under the Associate Superintendent for the Center of Education Reform and Strategic Initiatives at the Ohio Department of Education on closing the achievement gap.
He was later appointed to manage the Ohio Achievement Gap Task Force that was charged with preparing a specific and detailed set of recommendations on how Ohio should use its resources to drive change to assist in eliminating the opportunity gap for all students by examining policy issues, instructional issues, assessment issues, teacher preparation and professional development, and cultural competency.
His professional achievements include being selected by a former Ohio State Senator and Minority Leader to promote the planning, development, and facilitation of the “Conference on Increasing the High School Graduation Rate for African American Males” sponsored by former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland on May 30, 2007.
He graduated from Central State University (CSU) with a degree in Political Science/Pre-Law. In addition, he received a law degree from Capital University Law School with a concentration in employment law. Gregory has several other professional licenses, including a Professional Administrative License issued by the Ohio Department of Education.
He is excited to now work at APS and looks forward to the work of creating diverse, equitable and inclusive environments for all APS students and staff.
Corvé L. Wilcher is the Executive Administrative Specialist for the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) department working directly with the Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer, Arron Gregory. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English/Liberal Arts from Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. She has many years as an educator in Prince George’s County (PGC), Maryland. While in PGC, Corvé taught 7th grade Language Arts for middle school students as well as 9th grade Language Arts for high school students for almost a decade. During her tenure as a classroom teacher, Corvé was able to build strong positive relationships with all stakeholders including students, parents, staff, families, colleagues, administrators, and the community at large. Corvé switched careers and transitioned from the classroom to work directly with executive leaders as an Executive Assistant in Prince William County Public Schools. She worked side by side with executive leaders of Division Counsel and the School Board as well as all stakeholders to provide excellent educational services to all. Corvé values education and believes everyone should be treated fairly and with respect. She is an advocate for students and families and believes that all students and families should have equitable access to resources to meet his/her individual needs. Corvé is excited to join the DEI Team and welcomes the work of diversity, equity, and inclusion in Arlington Public Schools.
Jennifer Gross has over 14 years of experience in APS. Having spent the first nine years of her career as a Special Education Teacher, Jennifer brings a unique perspective to the inequities that students with disabilities and English Learner students face. In her role as Equity Specialist, she has spent much of her time working on family engagement through workshops like the “APS: Alliance for Black Children” and “Padres Lideres Facilitadores.” She plans to continue to find authentic ways to connect families and the school division. Jennifer’s focus this year is to establish strong partnerships with elementary school principals and equity teams to ensure improved outcomes for all students.
The daughter of Cuban and Colombian immigrants, Jennifer is bilingual. She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh where she received a B.S. in Psychology and an M.Ed. in Special Education while also competing as a four-year-letter winner on the varsity Women’s Soccer team. Jennifer is currently pursuing her Education Leadership credential from Longwood University.
Isabel Messmore; Family & Community Engagement (FACE) Specialist
Isabel Messmore is the Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Specialist for Arlington Public Schools. She has over twenty years of progressive national and international experience in teaching, leadership, professional development for educators, and workshops for parents and families. Isabel holds Virginia Department of Education endorsements in Leadership and Supervision, Early Childhood, Spanish, and English as a Second Language. She received her doctorate from the University of Barcelona in 2007 and her National Board Certification in 2013. She is bilingual/bicultural in English and Spanish and fluent in French and Catalan.
As the FACE Specialist, Isabel partners with other educators, families, and the Arlington community to strengthen family engagement and develop parent leadership in racially and culturally diverse settings. Her approach to family engagement is based on best practices and peer-reviewed research and literature. She is committed to providing opportunities to both educators and families that foster strong partnerships in support of student academic and socio-emotional development.
Sylvia O’Neal; Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Specialist
Sylvia O’Neal is a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Specialist for Arlington Public Schools. She has over 20 years of experience as an educator serving multiple states in various instructional and leadership roles, including: teacher, specialist, coach, coordinator, mentor, assistant principal, summer school principal, coupled with providing professional learning for educators and workshops for parents and families. Sylvia holds a Postgraduate Professional License with the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Education. Sylvia’s endorsements include Administration and Supervision PreK-12, Middle Education 6-8: English, and Elementary Education PreK-6. She received her Education Specialist, Ed.S. degree in Educational Leadership from Liberty University in 2019 and is currently pursuing her doctorate degree from Liberty University. Sylvia received certificates from Harvard University in 2010 and 2011 in “Putting Data Wise Into Action.” Additionally, she works side-by-side with stakeholders to unpack inequities using data to inform decisions and use existing research-based theories of best practices that may influence stakeholders to consider when making powerful decisions that impact student well-being (the whole child) and successful outcomes. She is passionate, committed, embrace the challenging and rewarding work of diversity, equity, and inclusion in APS. Sylvia is looking forward to working with stakeholders to be a thought partner and support the DEI driven-mission.
Contact the Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer Arron Gregory at 703-228-6269 or firstname.lastname@example.org.