Tauheedah Baker is a wife and mother of 3, who has built a career in education serving our nation’s most underserved student populations. She began her teaching career in the Los Angeles Unified School District, and has worked as a teacher, principal, and district leader in Newark, NJ, and a non-profit leader in New York City. Tauheedah is recognized as a distinguished educator and her work has been featured in the Star Ledger, New York Times, and on the CBS Early Show. She has also received numerous awards and recognitions, including being recognized in by President Barack Obama as a White House Community Leader in Education; receiving the 2014 New Jersey Charter School Administrator of the Year Award; and being honored as the 2017 New Jersey Department of Education’s Exemplary Secondary Educator.
Tauheedah is an equity warrior, who is committed to ensuring that there are excellent, equitable, and inclusive learning environments for every child, in every classroom, every day. She is an avid entrepreneur, who has co-founded several programs and organizations, and has served on boards of several institutions, including the New Jersey Department of Education’s Council for Teaching and Learning.
Tauheedah earned a B.A. in History and Near Eastern Language & Culture from UCLA. She also holds a M.Ed. in Urban Education from UCLA and a M.P.A. in Non-Profit Management from Rutgers University. She is currently a Doctoral Candidate in the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Education Leadership Program. Her research interests include teacher and school leader development, transformative pedagogy, diversity, equity, and inclusion.