Andrea Zimmermann

Advanced Technical Center Administrator at DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE)

Andrea Zimmermann has a passion for education and building collaboration between educators, employers, and community stakeholders. She brings this energy to the Office of the State Superintendent of Education in her current role as administrator of DC’s first-ever Advanced Technical Center. She first connected with her passion for education, activating youth, and coalition building while in Ukraine as a Peace Corps Volunteer in 2009. She went on to work at the U.S. Department of Education’s Offices of Career, Technical and Adult Education and of Postsecondary Education and then Advance CTE, a national nonprofit representing state leaders of career and technical education.

Born and raised in Illinois, Andrea has lived in DC since 2012. She earned her master’s degree in Public Affairs Reporting from the University of Illinois-Springfield and her bachelor’s in journalism from Southern Illinois University.


Candice Mott

CTE Performance Accountability Coordinator at DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE)

Candice Mott is a career and technical educator, leader, and advocate with over a decade of experience ensuring students find success in their secondary and post-secondary experiences. Candice works for the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) in Career and Technical Education (CTE), where she supports DC secondary programs of study and career and technical student organizations (CTSOs). Candice loves this position as it provides her the opportunity to live, work, and serve the District in a meaningful way.

Candice holds a Bachelor of Professional Studies degree from the University of Memphis and a Master of Education degree from Middle Tennessee State University. Candice is a member of Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), serves as the local chapter, DC ACTE, President, the ACTE National Awards Chair, and was a past leadership fellow. Candice is also a licensed cosmetologist of over 20 years.


Clifton Martin

State Director, Career and Technical Education at DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE)

Clifton Martin is the State Director of Career & Technical Education (CTE) at OSSE. Clifton was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland and is a product of the Baltimore City Public School System. He attended Morgan State University where he earned a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering. Immediately after graduation, I had the privilege of working at NASA (Goddard Space Flight Center) and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission as a power system engineer. Early in his professional life, Clifton determined that he wanted to have a larger impact on the communities he grew up in and decided to enter the field of education. As an Educator, Clifton has been a high school math and CTE teacher, a school administrator and director, and a CTE Supervisor at both the local and state levels. Before accepting the State Director position, he was the Director of Career Technical Education at DC Public Schools. The job title that he is most proud of is “dad.” Clifton is the father of 5 amazing children, who enrich his life every day.


Francesca Glover

Middle School Programs Performance Accountability Coordinator at DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE)

Francesca Glover is the Performance Accountability Coordinator for Career & Technical Education (CTE) in Middle Schools. In this role, Francesca serves as the grant manager for the CTE Middle School Expansion Grant and the primary support for middle schools implementing CTE courses and programming in DC public and public charter schools. In addition to managing the CTE Middle School Expansion grant, Francesca supports DC schools hosting the summer program DC Can Code. In this program, our LEAs host summer camps for students to learn Apple Swift Coding to create a mobile application.

As a Washingtonian, Francesca takes pride in serving the students of DC and continuing to pour into her community. With a Bachelor of Arts in Human Services from St. John’s University, Francesca has always enjoyed counseling, mentoring, and creating educational programming for youth in professional development, social-emotional learning, restorative justice, and college and career preparation. Francesca is also passionate about public speaking, especially creating and facilitating workshops on social justice, civic engagement, and diversity and inclusion. With over ten years of experience in education and youth development, Francesca has cultivated her talent in program management, curriculum development, relationship building, and youth and community event planning.


Joe Green

Diversity, Equity, Access and Inclusion Performance Accountability Coordinator at DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE)

Joseph Green has worked as the Methods of Administration (MOA) Coordinator at the DC CTE for more than seven years. He coordinates the MOA process, conducts MOA site visits, and assesses data enrollment inequities. Prior to working at OSSE, Joe has worked in development and fundraising at The Ellington Fund, IDEA Public Charter School in Washington, DC, and Columbia College Chicago. His work in education include being Assistant Dean for Advancement at Wayland Academy, being named a 2015 Education Pioneers Fellow where he worked as the Title II Math/Science Project Manager for the Tennessee State Department of Education and as a consultant for the Eastside.

Joe holds a combined Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology-Anthropology and International Studies from Lawrence University, and a Master of Science degree in International Business from Roosevelt University. He also serves as the President-elect of the National Alliance for Partners in Equity (NAPE), is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, a Fellow, and an Associate Director.


Tanya Whitaker

Career and Technical Education Specialist at DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE)

Tanya Whitaker is an experienced professional in the field of education, she has found her true calling in working with the Career and Technical Education division specializing in industry recognized credentials. Having honed her teaching and managerial skills in various educational institutions, including public schools and community colleges,she possesses an in-depth understanding of the requirements for developing programs that prepare students for their chosen professions.

Her passion for education has pushed to consistently design and implement innovative learning approaches that cater to the needs of diverse learners. In this role, she has been able to promote not only academic success but also career readiness, as she believes that both are equally important for a fulfilling and prosperous life. Having worked tirelessly with the team to develop training programs that align with current industry demands, providing unparalleled opportunity for students to attain and demonstrate mastery of technical skills.

Through years of experience in education and my commitment to excellence in career and technical education, I am confident in my ability to make significant contributions to the industry, while supporting the professional development of students, instructors, and leaders. As she continues to grow professionally in this field,she remains dedicated to empowering the next generation of learners to achieve their full potential, build fulfilling careers, and make meaningful contributions to society.