Tammie Jenkins Samuels

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Tammie Jenkins Samuels


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About me and why I'm in the field:

  • 1st Generation College Educated
  • Sister with Developmental Disability
  • Former High School Teacher Encouraged Interest

Tammie Demetri Jenkins Samuels, is a Special Educator and fervent implementer of culturally relevant pedagogy who presently works in an inner-city school district with middle-schoolers who are fearless, supportive, aware, and unique. Her goal is to assist 21st Century teachers in reaching minority students through a relevant, practical, and culturally infused curriculum.  Tammie believes an educator’s pedagogy is the most important knowledge to be gifted to a student.  She has worked in Education since 1990 as a Special Education Teacher, Director of Child Programs, Adult Night School Education Facilitator, Assistant to Principal of an Alternative School, Owner of Miss Doctor Tutoring Services, Saturday School Teacher, Preservice Teacher Supervisor, and Instructor of Upward Bound.  Tammie is certified in Special Education and Education Administration.  She has been the recipient of several awards and honors, such as the Joseph L. Keilty Scholarship, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA,  Teacher of the Month Award, Eastside High School, Greenville, SC, Outstanding Teacher of the Month Award (2xs), Fairfield Central High School, Winnsboro, SC, Research Assistantship, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS, Teaching Assistantship, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, Outstanding Young Woman of America,  and TARGET Teacher Educator Scholarship and Grant, Greenville, SC.  Tammie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Special Education from Columbia College, a Master of Education degree in Adult and Continuing Education from the University of Southern Mississippi, an Education Specialist degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.


  • Culturally Relevant Pedagogy
  • Science Exploration for Black American Girls
  • Behavioral Interventions in Urban School Systems
  • Teacher Education Training in Special Education
  • Critical Race Theory