About takiema

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Takiema Bunche-Smith, MS Ed, MPA

President of Anahsa, LLC, Takiema has served children, families and educators in New York City for over two decades in a variety of roles. She has held positions as classroom teacher, teacher educator, content director for Sesame Street Children’s Educational Television Show, and a non-profit executive for early childhood programs.

In 2012, she began to offer consulting services and has supported individuals and organizations to think more deeply about the programs and policies that impact children and families in formal and informal educational spaces.  Takiema has been invited to speak on panels, to deliver workshops at institutions across the United States, and was most recently an invited guest lecturer at Jonkoping University in Jonkoping, Sweden.  Clients have found her to be knowledgeable about the multiple influences on care and education systems, and that her thinking pushes them to create, refine and improve their work at all levels. 

Takiema holds three Master's degrees: an MPA in non-profit leadership and management from NYU Wagner, an MS in Urban Education Policy from the CUNY Graduate Center, and an MS in Early Childhood & Elementary Education from Bank Street College of Education

Takiema is involved in advocacy efforts related to early childhood and elementary education, funding, policy and equity. 

In September 2014, Takiema was awarded a “Bammy Award” by the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences, one of 25 educators and education professionals to receive the award across the U.S.  Currently, Takiema serves as a Vice-President on the Day Care Council of New York's Board of Directors and is an Advisory Board Member for the Guttman Center for Early Care and Education at Bank Street College.