After moving from Arizona to open and lead the first BASIS charter school in Texas, Tiffany O’Neill fell swiftly in love with the Lone Star State.
After consulting with other charter networks on school startup and turnaround, Tiffany worked with Teach For America-San Antonio managing internal operations and talent, acting as chief consultant to the executive director and leading a portfolio of strategic external relationships including those with school districts, community partners, local officials and the media.
Tiffany has taught students in every K-12 grade level and has also worked as faculty to undergraduate and graduate students at the university level.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Arizona. A Wildcat for life, Tiffany is undergoing an identity crisis as she pursues a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from her alma mater’s rival, Arizona State University.
Her research interests and expertise center around teaching and policymaking benefitting students who are gifted and talented, with a particular focus on twice-exceptional students who are intellectually gifted and have an identified disability.
Tiffany is the proud, tired mother of a teenage spitfire, Alina, and is grateful to live in a community with a passion for education. Her parents immigrated to the United States from Poland. To keep up with her ancestral language, she watches Polish Netflix and has read all seven Harry Potter books in Polish.