Our Team

 


Corvé L. Wilcher; Executive Administrative Specialist  (corve.wilcher@apsva.us)wilcher

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. Corvé 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, she 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; Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Specialist
(jennifer.gross@apsva.us)                                                            Jen
Habla español – Especialista de Equidad

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.


Dr. Sylvia O’Neal; Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Specialist  (sylvia.oneal@apsva.us)

Picture of Sylvia O'NealDr. Sylvia O’Neal, Ed.D. 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 she earned her Educational Doctorate, Ed.D. degree in Educational Leadership from Liberty University in 2021. 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 Executive Administrative Specialist Corvé L. Wilcher at 703-228-8658 or corve.wilcher@apsva.us.