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Rising Stars: Meet Tashana Frink

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tashana Frink.

Hi Tashana, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
During the pandemic, I was sitting at home brainstorming ideas to help the children and parents during these unprecedented times. I created the Tutoring Program to help close the educational gap children faced because of the pandemic. I also wanted to provide convenience for parents who were looking for some extra help. With the online Tutoring Program, parents do not have to travel for their children to receive services. They can experience the program from the comfort of their homes.

Once the Tutoring Program was established, I realized it was the perfect time to create a children’s book. I started the process in October 2020 and completed it by October 2021. The book is titled “Kai Goes to Pop-Pop & GiGi’s House.” The book is about my son, Kai, and his adventure at his grandparent’s house. It is important to show that it takes a village to help raise children.

Can you talk to us about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Being an entrepreneur while having a full-time career has its challenges. I am an Assistant Principal in Baltimore City Public Schools, so I have to make time to consistently promote both the Tutoring Program and the children’s book. While I try to do so much on my own, I found the importance of hiring a team to assist in building my brand. I believe it is very important to hire a team to make sure that you are effectively executing and marketing to all groups of people.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
As an Assistant Principal in Baltimore City Public Schools, I have worked for the school district for the past 10 years. I currently work at Johnston Square Elementary school, where we serve children in Pre-K through 5th grade. I am known for my nurturing and kind spirit. I love connecting with the families in my school community and supporting them in any way possible, whether providing resources for them (job opportunities) or their children. I am most proud of my impact on the students at my school and how I can contribute to their success. What sets me apart from others is my ability to listen to the children while at the same time nurturing and pouring into them.

What was your favorite childhood memory?
My favorite childhood memory is playing school with my stuffed animals and dolls at a young age. I always knew that I wanted to be a teacher and transition into leadership. It’s those memories and experiences that help shape who I am today.

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