Tierra graduated from Swarthmore College with a major in education and Latin American studies and a minor in Spanish. She began her teaching career in Fort Worth, Texas, where she taught third grade in the dual-language program. Afterwards, she moved back to Philadelphia where she has spent the past five years teaching primarily second and third grade in Spanish dual-language schools. She also spent time teaching middle school social studies.
While teaching, Tierra earned her master’s degree in urban education at the University of Pennsylvania. She completed her capstone project on the importance of addressing social and emotional health in elementary schools.
In addition to classroom teaching, Tierra has spent time coaching new teachers with Teach For America. During her summers, she coached incoming elementary school teachers at TFA’s Philadelphia Summer Institute. She also coached second-year corps members while participating in TFA’s Aspiring School Leader Fellowship, in which she gained a plethora of skills and knowledge to help her continue to teach and coach through a lens of equity and justice.
Tierra is committed to making lasting systemic changes to the U.S. education system. She believes that in order to create this change, we must create strong leaders within our schools and nurture the invaluable experiences and knowledge of our students.
Outside of work, you can find Tierra trying out new restaurants around Philadelphia, weightlifting or working on one of many knitting projects.
“The greatest teacher will send you back to yourself” – Nayyirah Waheed