Ted Kaufman - United States Senator for Delaware

Great Federal Employees Initiative

Honoree for Week of December 7, 2009

Wendy  Tada

U.S. Department of Education

Wendy Tada has worked at the Department of Education for nine years. When she arrived at the Department in 2000, Wendy already had a great deal of experience working to expand opportunities for rural special-needs students in Hawaii and Alaska.  Wendy holds degrees from Seattle University, Stanford University, San Diego State University, and the University of California San Diego. Wendy’s experience includes working at the local and state levels, providing physical therapy to disabled students in Washington State, developing an educational curriculum for special needs children in Hawaii and its remote Pacific islands, and evaluating health and education services in Native Alaskan villages. Her first job at the Department of Education was as a research analyst in the Office of Special Education Programs. Wendy’s talents and experience led to her promotion within a year, when she became Chief of Staff to the Assistant Secretary overseeing that office. She continued as his top advisor when he was appointed to serve as Assistant Secretary for the Office of Vocational and Adult Education.  In 2006, Wendy became the Chief of Staff to the Deputy Secretary of Education. This January, after a brief stint as an education analyst for the Office of Management and Budget, she was asked by the Deputy Secretary of Education to serve as Senior Advisor for Policy and Programs. During her years at the Department, Wendy has been instrumental in developing important regulations and guidance documents relating to IDEA and Title I of the ESEA. Today, her time is spent developing and putting into practice education programs funded by the Recovery Act.

Read Senator Kaufman's full remarks on Wendy Tada HERE

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