Alumni in Action
“The Fellowship is not just a job and a few lines on the resume. It was a time to truly understand my calling and connect with others.”
Jeff Kang - 2007 DC Metro Area
Spotlight on Jeff Kang
I was a consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton in the Washington, DC area, leading wireless and Internet analyses for government agencies and commercial clients. Even though I enjoyed the actual work, I found that I was disengaged and unmotivated. I didn't feel that I was making a measurable difference in my community or for future generations. I went to UC-Berkeley to build up my skill set and explore new types of organizations that would give me the opportunity to create social value for issues that I really care about. I didn't know how I would be able to contribute, but I knew that something good would come from surrounding myself with like-minded individuals. I originally thought that I might join a nonprofit consulting firm or a social-focused venture capital group. But my course changed after Education Pioneers.
The Education Pioneers Fellowship is not just a job and a few lines on the resume. It was a time to truly explore the field, dig into the issues, understand my specific calling and connect with others.
During one of the training sessions, I remember realizing that I didn't need to impress my peers or guest panelists with well-framed questions or slick responses. I looked around the room and realized that the issues we face in public education need real people who are willing to have real conversations, focusing on the most positive and equitable outcomes for all children. Everything else is just frills.
My work with the school district was the ultimate reward. I had the opportunity to meet with and work for Deputy Superintendent Dr. Hite of Prince George's County Public Schools. I was so deeply inspired by the vision and undying dedication of these leaders because I was able to witness their efforts firsthand. I really felt that we all believed in what we were trying to accomplish, and I got so much from taking part in that shared vision.
Education Pioneers was without a doubt the biggest key to my hiring process. At the end of my fellowship, my manager urged me to apply for the Broad Residency in Urban Education in order to continue my work in the public school system. It was a very seamless process and I have the fellowship to thank for that.
As I entered the interview and application process, I felt surrounded and supported by peers and mentors that I met throughout the fellowship. I also already had ten weeks of public school district experience under my belt.
I'm really looking forward to being part of the PGCPS team again, as a Broad Resident for two additional years. One thing we will be addressing is the development and measurement of meaningful, effective metrics throughout the school system. I cannot wait to work with the schools and classrooms from start to finish seeing that our work is making a difference.