Taina attended Oakwood University from 2008-2012, where she studied General Biology.
Prior to attending graduate school, she chose to take a gap year during which she served in AmeriCorps as a community service project coordinator and teacher, working with struggling students in East Cleveland, OH. Her background in science combined with her gap year experience in education and community development drove her to pursue a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree, concentrating in Behavioral Science and Health Education at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health. After receiving her MPH in 2015, Taina began working at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, where she was a Health Communications Fellow with the Office on Smoking and Health until the summer of 2017.
Taina has many areas of interest and hobbies, but her passion for adolescents and adolescent health combined with her loves of reading and education are what make her most excited to be teaching Health this year. She loves conversing with students and figuring out how to make what’s good for them, interesting to them; she can’t wait to see how many innovative ways she can find to teach her 9th graders things they think they already know!