Dr. Thomishia Booker
Forbes, Netflix, and The Today Show
ABEN: A Black Education Network
A Bit About Me
Dr. Thomishia Booker is a licensed therapist, author, and educator. She is the founder of Hey Carter! a brand inspired by her son and focused on uplifting Black children, especially Black boys. Her brand has been featured in major outlets such as Forbes, Netflix, and The Today Show. Dr. Booker earned a Master’s in Social Work and a Doctorate in Education Counseling Psychology. She is a licensed therapist and began her career working in early childhood mental health managing 0-5 programs in San Jose where she grew up. She has experience providing mental health services in a variety of settings including schools, private practice, and healthcare. She is a member of the Black Literary Collective (Building Leaders and Activists with Collective Knowledge) a group of Black authors in the Bay Area working to decolonize educational spaces to ensure Black children have access to culturally relevant content and pedagogy. Thomishia is passionate about loving and protecting Black children.
Akosua Lesesne is an Educational Design Leader. She specializes in developing and
leading the implementation of education leader and instructional coaching, curriculum,
programs, and pedagogy that employ an African American education for liberation
approach to inspire Black learners. Her work leverages the transformative elements of
the Black Teaching Tradition (BTT), a teacher development framework for the Black
pedagogical genius she developed. Akosua is the founder of Sisters in Education Circle
(SIEC) and Lesesne Legacy Learning Village LLC. Before founding these
organizations, Akosua had fifteen years of experience teaching and district-level leadership in various predominantly Black and Latin school districts along the East Coast.