#MNPSVoices: Dr. Tamikia White, Facilities Use Coordinator
Although Dr. Tamikia White began her career with Metro Nashville Public Schools 11 years ago, she is not new to the field of education. Before relocating to Nashville, White served as a high school teacher in Shelby County Schools, which gave her an opportunity to redirect her career path all while remaining close to the field of education.
“Education has always been a part of me,” said White, who moved to Nashville from Memphis in 2007.
She initially aspired to become an athletics director, but always kept an open mind to other career choices that might have crossed her path. She credits her grandmother for instilling a work ethic in her always focused on getting the job done.
“No matter the career path, I have always been one to do what it takes to get the job done,” she said. “My grandmother would always say, ‘be accountable for your actions’ and I try to practice that daily in the work I do with MNPS.”
White’s first stop when she started with MNPS was in the Family Resource Center in the Department of Family and Community Engagement. During this time, she was housed in a school building but later relocated to the Central office where she has served as facilities use coordinator for the past eight years. Her responsibilities include ensuring MNPS’ various facilities and sites are open for use to local organizations and community members, as well as assuring proper policies and procedures are followed relative to building usage.
“My goal is to assist school employees and community members in understanding those processes with the ultimate goal of making the process smooth and seamless for all parties involved,” she said.
Outside of her role at MNPS, White enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, designing clothing and catering events.
“My life is busy, but I wouldn’t have it any other way,” she said.