Teshanda Middleton

“I believe all students deserve a quality education that will ensure a quality life, starting with having the foundation needed for college and career readiness; I believe this work plays an integral role in ending cycles of generational poverty; and I believe the time to close the education inequality gap is now.”

Teshanda Middleton is a data-driven educator dedicated to spreading the gift of literacy. She received her undergraduate degree in elementary education from Jackson State University and her graduate degree in curriculum and instruction from Union University. Teshanda began her education career in 2002 as a teacher in Memphis, Tennessee. With experience in both public and charter school settings, she has consistently led her students to achieve proficiency on Tennessee state assessments.

Her passion for literacy led her to Scholastic Incorporated and later Achieve3000, where she served many years as a senior project manager and an implementation manager. Her work resulted in increased literacy performance through professional development centered in adaptive technology and best practices in building literacy capacities. She has also served as a teacher development coach with the Achievement School district, observing and analyzing teachers at work and collaborating with school leadership to create a system of best practices and targeted feedback to further improve teaching skills.

Teshanda was part of the 2017-18 BES Fellowship cohort, and in fall 2019 she opened Aster College Prep in Memphis, Tennessee.