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Meet the 2018 Fellows: Tanishia Jacobs

Leading up to our Progressing the Good Life event on June 8, we will be introducing the 2018 fellows. Today, we meet Tanishia Jacobs.

Tell us a little about yourself.  


I was born in Omaha, Nebraska and raised in Okinawa, Japan. I love to help people and work with children. I taught first grade and volunteered for my local and state unions for fourteen years.  I am passionate about social justice issues in education and advocating for public schools in Nebraska.

As a life-long learner, I hold a bachelor's degree in elementary education, a master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction, a second master's degree in Educational Administration, and a Doctorate in Interdisciplinary Leadership.

I recently got married in Kauai, Hawaii! I enjoy spending time with my husband and dog, visiting my parents, hanging out with my grandma, traveling, and shopping!

Why New Leaders Council (NLC)?

I was interested New Leader's Council to sharpen my leadership skills and expand my professional network. I joined to align with others to find solutions to better the Omaha Metro community. NLC provides the opportunity to collaborate, strategize, and engage the progressive leaders of Omaha. As a young professional, I recognize NLC is a place to acquire progressive leadership development. Something I appreciate NLC is not only about the training, but the action each individual takes to impact the community. I aspire to be a part of the movement of change for the future and recognize NLC is on the forefront of my journey!

What have you gained through your experience at NLC?

Through my experience at NLC, I gained a newfound confidence. In just a short amount of time, I realized my capability to take on the world (or at least Omaha!) I have the foresight to see beyond what is in front of me and focus on the future. NLC has gifted me eighteen new relationships with the amazing leaders in the 2018 class. I am also fortunate to have the mentorship of an alumni fellow. This experience has allowed me to understand how to support others running for office, set and follow through with personal and professional goals, fundraise, and facilitate discussions pertaining to difficult issues.

I will use this experience to continue to grow and develop as a leader, as well as encourage others to set and attain goals. As a result of this experience, I look forward to finding ways to become more involved and invested in the Omaha community. Moving forward, I will assist others with their campaign goals, cheer on others in their personal and professional endeavors, and continue to advocate for progressive change.

Briefly describe your capstone project.

Diversity in classrooms across Nebraska is changing, but not the teachers. For my capstone, I want to create a network for teachers of color. My goal is to create a support system to address their unique needs. I want to establish a framework to increase retention and establish mentorship opportunities. Looking forward, I want to partner with local high schools, colleges and universities to discuss careers in education with students. I would also like to collaborate with Human Resources Departments in school district across the Omaha metro area to establish recruitment practices to attract and retain teachers of color. My capstone embodies the importance of representation, education and children being taught by diverse teachers.

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