Dr. Helen Tinsley, is the Founder and CEO of Tinsley Institute for Multicultural Empowerment, LLC. She is experienced in conducting highly engaging workshops, interactive seminars and targeted professional development focusing on cultural competence and cross-cultural communication, with effective solutions to address areas of implicit and/or unconscious bias, stereotypes and deficit thinking.
She has an extensive background working in a variety of urban and suburban educational settings, including: private, faith-based, non profit, public, federal and state government. She previously held positions as education program specialist, diversity trainer, district liaison, teacher, administrator, literacy specialist, and adjunct faculty at William Paterson University. She co-developed, implemented and taught in the first Dual Language program in New Jersey. Dr Tinsley has provided professional development on a myriad of topics for superintendents, central office administrators, principals, and teachers; and presented at national, state and local conferences on early childhood education, dual language programs, multicultural education and culturally response teaching.
Dr. Tinsley received a Doctor of Education from Rowan University in May, 2017 in Educational Leadership, and her doctoral research examines the relationship between multicultural, dual language experiences and cultural competence. She received dual Masters Degrees from Bank Street College of Education in New York City in Educational Administration, and in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education. Her post-doctoral work focuses on cultural competence, multicultural connections, narrative inquiry, storytelling, and folklore. Dr. Tinsley is passionate about facilitating workshops that provide honest, open, respectful dialogue in an engaging, interactive manner to enable participants to see through a broader lens, develop greater awareness and appreciation of cultural differences and become more cognizant of their unconscious bias, while utilizing non-threatening assessment tools to gauge and increase their cultural competence.
Dr. Helen Tinsley is the published author of four books (including poetry and children's books), a blogger, and a collage artist. She strives to show the unseen through images, tell the untold through stories and to give voice to the voiceless. She also wrote, directed and produced a short documentary detailing her experiences as a mother of 4 children in public education, entitled " A Walk in the Valley - A mother's journey through public education." On a personal level, she is the mother of four adult children, and the grandmother of eleven, lively grand-children.