Kristina Jelinek

Anthropology/Sociology, Spanish; concentrations in Human Services, Public Policy and Service (Ford Institute)
Graduate/Professional School:
M.Ed., Columbia University; M.S., Mercy College
Project Manager, Office of Achievement Resources, New York City Department of Education
In a nutshell, what do you do?
I design and deliver professional development to assist New York City educators in implementing the Citywide Instructional Expectations and providing high-quality instruction to our 1.1 million students.
What are you working on right now?
I am designing an 18-hour intensive course to help secondary educators explore instructional strategies to deliver rigorous, Common Core-aligned instruction to students in NYC public schools.
Why do you love what you do?
My job is a fascinating mix of policy and practice in the largest urban school district in the country.
How did Albion help you get there?
With 1,700 schools, the New York City Department of Education has more schools than Albion has students. However, Albion prepared me to work on such a scale by providing me with opportunities to both learn from talented professors and fellow students and to interface with diverse constituencies. From planning service trips with the Student Volunteer Bureau, managing Greek Week as Panhellenic President, and spending a semester at the U.S./Mexico border to study immigration issues, Albion provided me with the foundation that’s helped me get to where I am today.
For me, Albion ...
... opened doors and helped me to become a thoughtful, critical thinker able to work in an ever-changing landscape of education and politics.

Take It Further: Anthropology and Sociology, Spanish, Human Services, Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service, Education