As principal of Valor Academy of Ohio, Ms. Tamika Galvin exudes leadership and embraces a steadfast belief that all children can learn. Ms. Galvin is living proof of this, overcoming real barriers that students often face, as such as her experience with homelessness while struggling to graduate from high school. Hence, Ms. Galvin has developed a teaching and leadership philosophy that endorses a holistic education that ensures students know and believe that progression is non-negotiable. Knowing the educators serve a great purpose in the lives of students, Ms. Galvin strives to lead, support, and instill a belief that all students can learn and be successful.
Ms. Galvin began her journey to leadership at St. Louis Community College where she served as the Student Government Association President (SGA). She continued to the University of St. Louis, Missouri (UMSL) where she completed her Bachelor of Liberal Studies Degree. Ms. Galvin then began her teaching career in St. Louis, Missouri, serving in various roles within the public-school system, where she soon discovered her purpose in life. Leaving Missouri, she accepted a teaching position in a turnaround school nestled in the Shelby County School system in Tennessee. The school ranked in the bottom five percent and was given three years to make a difference. Thriving in this environment working alongside like-minded educators, Ms. Galvin helped turn the school around in two short years while also earning her Master of Science in Education degree with a concentration in Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment. With certification to teach all core subject areas as well as English as a Second Language (Pre-K through 12th grade), Ms. Galvin was given the opportunity to leverage her skills and experience to serve students and educators in the United Arab Emirates.
Today, Ms. Galvin embodies a lifelong learner as she pursues a Doctor of Education with an Emphasis on Educational Practices from the University of St. Louis, Missouri. As a proud alumna of Teach for America, also actively supports the vision of TFA and remains in service to others as an AmeriCorps member.
With great pride, Ms. Galvin joins Valor Academy of Ohio as Principal, believing whole-heartedly in the schools’ innovative hybrid model. By making it a priority to build personal relationships with all of her students and collaborating with families, she looks forward to many remarkable years serving the Valor community.