Tasha Ina Church is a multicultural children’s book author and illustrator and is currently working on her second book. She graduated from the Art Institute of Seattle with a focus on fashion design. After five years in that field, seeing that 99% of the women she worked with did not like the way they looked, she decided to return to school to study psychology with a focus on feminine and multicultural psychology. She is a graduate of the Evergreen State College Tacoma Campus, with a Bachelors of the Arts, majoring in psychology and literature. Miss Church has thirteen years of self-defense experience. Combining all of these facets, she created a curriculum surrounding body-image, self-esteem building, and self-defense training. With the help and ideas from the wonderful addition of Mrs. Franklin they were able to implement this curriculum in First Creek Middle School during the 2011-2012 school year.
T’wina Franklin is a School Board Director of University Place School District, TEDx speaker, an Academic Instructor and Pre-College Advisor for Metropolitan Development Council’s College Bound program at Stadium High School and was selected as the recipient of the University of Puget Young Logger Service Award, City Club of Tacoma Dennis G. Seinfeld Emerging Leader Award and the Tacoma Public Schools WASA Community Leadership Award. She is a graduate of The University of Puget Sound and has her Master of Arts in Teaching and a degree in U.S. Politics. In 2007 she began teaching middle school science and by 2009 had her first experience consulting political campaigns for candidates including Tacoma City Councilwoman Victoria Woodards, Tacoma School Board Candidate Dr. Dexter Gordon, and Congressman Denny Heck. In addition to teaching and her work consulting political campaigns, T’wina is serving her seventh year as a board member for her children’s Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) in University Place School District and recently completed her 11th year coaching cheerleading, including six years as coach for University Place Junior Viking Cheer.