Tameka Si'Yan Lumas
Born and raised in Southern Illinois, Tameka Si’Yan Lumas began her journey into education when her own child experienced racial biases on behalf of his Kindergarten teacher. She has been a dedicated educator for nearly 17 years, specializing in early childhood and special education. She currently works as a Peer Model educator at Nova Early Learning Center in Jackson, Tennessee where she advocates for a quality educational experience that considers and nourishes the “whole” child. Tameka Si’Yan believes in building authentic relationships with families and other community stakeholders to best meet the needs of students. She has experience in effectively removing barriers to partnering with families of students who are “at-risk” and teaching them how to be their child’s voice. Tameka Si’Yan believes that inequities are still prevalent in schools today and that all educators owe it to their students to educate themselves on their biases and what effective culturally responsive teaching looks like.
Tameka Si’Yan obtained a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from Harris-Stowe State University and furthered her education at Lindenwood University, completing her master’s, specialist, and doctoral coursework with a concentration in educational leadership. She is also a Certified ACEs trainer as well as an independent educational consultant.