The official biography below was current at the time of the award.
Tanasha Mahone began her career in education with Teach for America and has spent the past 11 years working as a teacher and school leader in urban education. She has been teaching all third-grade subjects at Burgess-Peterson Academy for the past two years. She previously taught for four years at the Bolton Academy before spending a year at the Miyazaki City Board of Education, three years at E. Rivers Elementary School, and one year at the Challenge Foundation Academy.
Through inquiry-based instruction that emphasizes development of social and emotional core competencies, Tanasha leverages creativity and collaboration to ensure students feel safe, supported, and challenged in the classroom.
Tanasha has served as a Master Teacher for the TAP System for Teacher and Student Advancement Program developed by the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching and has served as Elementary Principal and Assistant Principal with the Indianapolis Principal Fellowship.
Tanasha is a lifelong learner and her eagerness to increase her own global awareness inspired her to work abroad with the Japanese Exchange on Teaching Program. She holds a B.A. in public relations from Alabama State University and a M.A. in organization and leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is certified in early childhood education, kindergarten through fifth grade, from Agnes Scott College.