Meet the Staff
Acting Director for Early Learning, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education
Tammy Proctor is the Acting Director for the Office o Early Learning in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education. This office is responsible for the Race to the Top- Early Learning Challenge program and the Preschool Development Grants program. Prior to her current position she provided oversight and monitoring at the Federal level for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Parts B and C in the Office of Special Education Programs at the Department of Education. Her career portfolio includes more than 20 years of early childhood education experience in State and Local programs. She worked as the Director of Disabilities Services in the District of Columbia’s Public School Head Start Program; Supervisor of Early Childhood Programs in the Prince Georges County Public School System in Maryland and the Child Find/Public Awareness Coordinator for the Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities Program in the District of Columbia’s Early Care and Education Administration. Tammy holds a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education Administration.
Shevine G. Holeman serves as an Education Program Specialist in the Office of Early Learning, part of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education. Before joining the Department in 2006, she was a Title I (a.k.a. Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 as reauthorized) Supervisor, Building Administrator, and Classroom Teacher all in the Newport News Public School Division. During her tenure, Shevine supervised Title I staff and Title I instructional programs in the Newport News Public School Division; worked as a building administrator at an early childhood center for four year olds and at an elementary school; and taught kindergarten, fourth, and fifth grades as a classroom teacher. Prior to her current position, she worked with, monitored, advised, and provided technical assistance to states on the implementation of the Title I program. She also completed program responses for hotline complaints from the Office of the Inspector General, drafted program determination letters for programs in response to Title I audit findings from grantees and subgrantees, served as an Elementary and Secondary Education Act Flexibility monitor, served as a fiscal and program monitor for Title I programs, and performed other pertinent duties for the Title I Program in the Office of Student Achievement and School Accountability. Shevine completed her bachelor’s degree from Hampton University. She completed her masters and certificate of advanced graduate studies in educational leadership from Regent University. She also completed her juris doctorate from Regent University.
Team Lead for the Preschool Development Grants, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education
Rebecca (Becky) Marek serves Team Lead for Preschool Development Grants at the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE) in Washington, D.C. Becky has over 25 years of service to the U.S. Department of Education. She has held many positions during her tenure at the Department, including working in the Office of the Chief Information Officer, Office of the Secretary and OESE’s Executive Office. She is currently assigned to the Office of Early Learning within OESE where she serves as Team Lead and Project Officer to the Preschool Development grants.
Sheila has more than 20 years of dedicated service in the federal government. She currently serves as a Program Assistant/Webmaster at the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE), Office of Early Learning (OEL) in Washington, D.C. Sheila also worked in the Department of Education’s Office of Chief Financial Office (OCFO), Indirect Cost/Audit Resolutions, and in the Office of Educational Research and Improvement, Deputy Assistant Secretary’s Office. In this office, Sheila worked directly for the Speech Writer. Sheila left the Department to work in the private sector for the National Safe Kids Campaign where she worked closely with the Public Policy Director, Congress, and the Police and Fire Departments.
While at the National Safe Kids Campaign, Sheila was certified to safely secure child safety seats in vehicles. Sheila was also responsible for community activities such as: fire and bike safety events for children in the Washington, D.C area and surrounding communities. After leaving the National Safe Kids Campaign, Sheila took her love for the community and the children and went to work at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, where she worked on several community events and experienced firsthand what it’s like to hear a call come in concerning a missing or abducted child. In addition, Sheila worked in the legal department where internationally abducted children cases were handled. On February 14th 2000, Sheila returned to the Department of Education and began working for the 21st Century Community Learning Center Program where has worked for 12 years, and was first introduced to maintaining the web. She began maintaining one web site and one listserv and as her workload increased, she maintained 28 web sites for the OESE/AITQ Program. Sheila is currently studying Psychology at the University of Maryland University College.
Rubén J Vázquez serves as an Education Program Specialist in the Office of Early Learning, part of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education. Before joining the Department in 2006, he was English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Coordinator and Foreign Language Education Supervisor for the Florida Department of Education for nine years. During his tenure, Rubén coordinated activities for the Office of Multicultural Student Education as they related to English Language Acquisition, Foreign Language Instruction, Bilingual Education and the implementation of heritage language instructional programs. He coordinated and managed Federal and State programs for limited English proficient students, immigrant children and youth and refugee students. Prior to his current position, he advised States of requirements imposed on them by Federal laws and regulations and provided guidance on standards, assessments and accountability systems for English language learners in the Office of Student Achievement and School Accountability Programs – Title III Group. He also coordinated programs that help ensure that children, who are limited English proficient and Native American, attain English proficiency, develop high levels of academic attainment in English, and meet the same challenging State academic content and student academic achievement standards. In addition, he also served as Education Program Specialist for the Office of Student Achievement and School Accountability Programs – Title I Group at the U.S Department of Education and performed a variety of complex management/program analysis functions and advised senior management on difficult and/or complex issues facing States related to the administration and program operations to ensure compliance with Federal law and Title I ESEA Flex.