Dana Hall School has hired Tamara Nikuradse as the School’s founding fifth grade teacher. She has spent four out of the last five years teaching fourth grade at Milton Academy (with the other year in a third grade classroom). Before that, she served as an apprentice teacher in a third classroom at Shady Hill School and in a fifth grade classroom at Hugh Roe O’Donnell Elementary School.
Nikuradse is a self-described “corporate refugee.” For 15 years she held marketing and/or sales positions at corporations including Gillette, Revlon, Procter & Gamble and Johnson & Johnson. During that time, she found herself drawn to the teaching opportunities that came with her job, whether that be leading a professional development session or training new marketing and sales personnel; this eventually led her to make a significant career change.
Nikuradse has an AB from Bowdoin College in Afro-American Studies and Sociology and an MBA from Harvard. She also has authored or co-authored nine books, with titles such as My Mother Had A Dream: African-American Women Share Their Mothers’ Words of Wisdom and Stuck in the Seventies. She lives in Wellesley with her husband and teenage daughter and son.
“Tamara has a passion for teaching and a real rapport with students, which was evident the first time she stepped in our building,” said the Director of the Middle School Caroline MacNichol. “We’re thrilled to welcome her to our Middle School team and our Dana Hall community.”
Nikuradse will continue to teach at Milton until June. During this same time period, she will work on fully developing Dana Hall's fifth grade curriculum and preparing the new fifth grade classroom. “I feel honored, humbled and eager to meet all expectations,” said Nikuradse. “I am excited to join this close community.”
Posted: January 22, 2016