Founder & Consultant
Tianna Butler brings years of experience in education as a former drama teacher, teaching associate, lead elementary teacher respectively, Diversity Coordinator and Associate Director of Admissions, and currently as Associate Director of Diversity Planning in her work as a diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, and justice consultant. In her time working with early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school students, she consistently worked toward creating equitable and inclusive experiences for everyone. Her passion for diversity, equity, and inclusion began as a child experiencing a lack of diversity in various school settings and also fighting for the rights of others whose social identifiers were not in the majority (including standing up to 5th grade bullies much taller and bigger than her 3rd grade self).
In college, Tianna became one of the first Community Connectors on Davidson College’s campus, a member dedicated to diversity, equity, and justice for the betterment of students and the greater community. Through various trainings as a Community Connector, she helped spur discussion and advocacy for students of color and aided in the opening of the school’s first ever Multicultural House. Upon graduation, Tianna sought to bring her DEI passion to the classroom and the stage as an elementary theatre teacher. She was awarded the POCIS (People of Color in Independent Schools) Impact Award in 2014 for supporting diversity, promoting inclusion, and affirming community in her work with elementary aged students at Charlotte Country Day School.
In 2019, she became National Presbyterian School’s first Diversity Coordinator after years of embedding equitable and inclusive work into her classroom and curriculum. She’s worked consistently with diversity consultant Jen Cort, oversaw National Presbyterian School’s annual Diversity Institute for three years, and has co-presented at conferences, schools, organizations. Tianna currently works as the Associate Director of Diversity Planning at Charlotte Country Day School. She believes the best learning comes from working in collaboration and in community–––marrying theory and practice with others. She continues to work hard to ensure every student receives a diverse, equitable, and inclusive educational experience.
Tianna received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Davidson College, a M.Ed in Educational Leadership from Concordia University Portland, and is currently working on her Ed.D in Curriculum & Instruction at Concordia University Chicago with an expected completion date in 2024.