Dr. Tamara Pearson is the inaugural Director of the Center of Excellence for Minority Women in STEM at Spelman College where she is focused on expanding opportunities for women of color in STEM through the development and implementation of high quality programs. Prior to that she served as Associate Director of School and Community Engagement at the Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics and Computing (CEISMC) at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Pearson also has a strong background in public school education. She has taught 8th grade mathematics, served as a mathematics instructional coach, and supported multiple elementary and middle schools where she facilitated professional development to help teachers utilize best practices in mathematics pedagogy. In addition, as former president of the Georgia Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (GAMTE) and regional representative for the Georgia Council of Teachers of Mathematics (GCTM), Dr. Pearson understands the importance of engaging multiple stakeholders within Georgia around issues of access and equity.
Dr. Pearson received a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Spelman College, with a minor in Computer Science, and a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Educational Technology from the University of Florida. Her dissertation explored perceived understanding of gender, race, and class in discussions about technology with pre-adolescent, low-income, African American girls.