Aileen Tejeda was born and raised in the South Bronx and discovered her passion for education and social justice during her years as a teacher and coach at her alma mater, Aquinas High School. She received a BA from Georgetown University in English with a minor in Theology and Theater and an Ed.M in the Education Policy and Management Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is proud of being a first-generation college graduate and was most inspired by the strong women in her family, fantastic city schools, and education organizations where she has worked. Aileen brings 12 years of experience working in and with schools as a teacher, leader, and coach.
Currently, Aileen works as a consultant, DEI coach, and adjunct professor supporting K-12 and higher education organizations. She has experience teaching general pedagogy courses with a focus on Exploring Teacher Identity, Culturally Responsive Teaching, Teacher Mindsets, and Restorative Justice.
After years of reflection, Aileen was called to complete her 200hr yoga certification with Grace and Glory Yoga in Philadelphia. There, she fell in love with Baptiste Yoga and completed her Level 1 and Level 2 training with the Baptiste Institute. Aileen believes that yoga not only builds strength of body, but strength of mind, which transcends to all areas of life. She enjoys sharing this practice of breath and movement with educators, young people, and communities that haven't traditionally had access.
Aileen is driven by social justice, learning from and empowering young people, and the intersection of wellness, technology, and education in service of Black and Latinx communities.