Tina De La Fe
Greater Grand Rapids Instructional Leadership Coach
Tina is a thought-partner, facilitator and curator of resources who collaborates with teachers, school leaders, community members and colleagues to increase opportunity for all students. As an Instructional Leadership Coach at Leading Educators, she leads knowledge building and contributes to equitable practices through school-based coaching, regional learning events and national conferences.
Between experience in various career fields and time spent living and traveling in other countries, Tina brings a broad perspective to the antiracist mission in education. She believes all students can flourish in schools that are inclusive of intersectionalities. She draws on her background in both secondary instruction and guidance counseling to link rigorous literacy/mathematical practices to student efficacy and mindset.
Before joining Leading Educators, Tina was a school-based instructional coach and Language Arts teacher in South Florida, including two years as a Teach for America corps member. She also taught Math and Verbal courses at Florida Atlantic University's Test Prep Center, assisting adults and high school students taking the GMAT, GRE or SAT. While in the U.S. Peace Corps based in the West Indies, Tina worked with national counterparts on several projects, including after-school learning centers, village libraries, remedial elementary education and adult learning classes. Previously, she worked as a journalist for daily newspapers in Virginia, North Carolina and Florida.
Tina holds a Master of Education in School Guidance Counseling from Florida Atlantic University and a Bachelor of Arts in English-Journalism/Communications from Averett College. She holds certifications in English, Reading and School Guidance Counseling, and was proud to be a finalist for the 2016 GLSEN Educator of the Year Award.
She lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and takes advantage of the many opportunities to do community-based yoga, support local musicians and artists, catch indie films, go roller skating (Adult Skate Night!) and explore the outdoors all over the state. Tina is always up for traveling to a new place. She was born and raised in Miami, Florida.
What Inspires You? I am invigorated by direct action work and West Michigan offers so many opportunities to get involved! Whether it's canvassing with the HRC, petitioning with the ACLU, attending lectures with the Center For Inquiry, coordinating rallies with the DSA or protesting with Movimiento Cosecha, there is always something happening to promote progressive causes. I absolutely love cooking, baking and eating cruelty-free foods, so you'll often find me at a potluck, plant-based restaurant or awareness-raising event with the local vegan collective.
Fun-fact: I was kindly asked to leave the majorette squad in high school because I could not remember the dance routines.