Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.
- Marian Wright Edelman
The Educational Directives After School Program is offered Monday through Friday. In addition to helping students complete daily homework assignments, EDAS Instructors help children to improve reading, writing and math ability and develop positive life skills.
Cultural Enrichment Program
The AACC Cultural Enrichment Program is designed to cultivate and optimize the untapped potential of the African American community and other diverse neighborhoods that often are underserved by mainstream infrastructure. Its curriculum is designed to motivate personal growth and includes instruction in African Dance, African Drumming,Theatre and Video Production and African History, among other subjects.
Mondays - Fridays
3:00pm - 6:00pm
Director of Educational Directives
Excellence in Education Finalist
She was a pivotal employee of the AACC for 14+ years. Tammy was one of the coordinators of their Jumpin'n Jambalaya Summer Program for 12 years.
Born and raised in Buffalo, NY, Tammy graduated from Hutchinson Central Technical High School with a major in Computer Science.
She grew up participating in programs and classes at the AACC - starting at the age of 6. A former member of the African Dance & Drum Performance Company she has had the opportunity to perform all around the area from small events to performing in the 2013 World Games and Mayor Masiello’s Inaugural Ball. The AACC was her first employer through the Mayor’s Summer Youth Internship Program and from then she has always stayed connected.
Tammy obtained her Associate's Degree in Business Administration from Erie Community College in 2004. She then went on to Buffalo State College where she obtained both her Bachelor's (2010) & Master's Degree (2013) in Business & Marketing Education. During her studies she sat on a panel for the Career & Technical Education Departments review by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. She has also coordinated several career fair and mentoring sessions for Buffalo youth through Buffalo State's CTE Department. Until this day she has kept the relationship.
She was a pivotal employee of the AACC for 14+ years. Tammy was one of the coordinators of their Jumpin' Jambalaya Summer Program for 12 years. She also served as the Contract Administrator for the Dance & Drum Company, Consultant and Certified Teacher for their Educational Directives for Afterschool Program. She was also the Director of the Positive Productive Sisters. Tammy has served as the liaison for several partnerships for the center such as Roswell Park, M&T Bank – African American Resource Group, Niagara Falls Power Vista and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra where she is a member of their Diversity Council. The Diversity Councils mission is to present diverse programming, to support artists of color, and to engage with every part of the Western New York community in a meaningful way.
After a brief time away she has come back to the center and jumped right back in some of her roles She currently serves as the Contract Administrator for the Dance & Drum Company and the Director for the Educational Directives for Afterschool Program.
As a Business Teacher of the Buffalo Public Schools, she thrives on building lasting mentor relationships with students as they are our future and need continual guidance to achieve and be successful. She is known to often assist her students through difficult situations that life may bring.
Tammy was recognized by Unlimited Possibilities Overcoming Poverty Ministry Inc. (UPOPM) as one of the “Women Touching the World”. She was also recognized as a Buffalo Black Achiever.