About Tamika Walker Kelly

Tamika Walker Kelly has taught for the past 12 years and has been organizing since 2013. She has led workshops and trainings, chaired a number of committees, and has worked within the core teams of folks who led the charge in actions such as May 1, May 16, School Walk-Ins, and more! Check out just a few of her numerous efforts and accomplishments below!


  • Vice-President, Cumberland County Association of Educators, 2017-Present
  • Political Action Committee Chair, Cumberland County Association of Educators, 2013-Present 
  • Fayetteville Observer’s 40 Under 40 Awardee, Class of 2018
  • Association Representative 
  • Morganton Road Elementary School Teacher of the Year, 2015-2016
  • Westover District Teacher of the Year, 2015-2016


  • NCAE Board of Directors-Region 6 Director, 2016-Present
  • NCAE Instructional Leadership Institute, Class of 2015; Mentor, 2016-Present 
  • Aspiring Educators (SNCAE) Student Program Advisory Committee, 2016-Present 
  • NCAE Region 6 Legislative Committee Chair2015-2016
  • NCAE Black Caucus, Member
  • NCAE Organize 2020 Caucus 
    • Co-chair, 2019
    • Membership Chair, 2017-2018
    • Served as a Lead Trainer during the O2020 Summer Trainings 
    • Served as a Lead Trainer during the NCAE Strong Regional Trainings
    • Served as Facilitator during the All Out for All 5 Facebook Live Event
    • Parent Teacher Organizing Project (PTOP)-Lead Organizer
  • NCAE Convention Delegate, 2013-Present
  • Featured Speaker
    • InFocus with Loretta Bonitti, August 2017
    • Class Size Chaos Rally, January 2018
    • NCAE Press Conference-Class Size HB13, March 2018


  • NEA Minority and Women Leadership Training, 2014
  • NEA Alumni Academy, August 2016
  • NEA Curriculum and Micro-Credential Writing Team, 2017

What People Say

I genuinely endorse Tamika Walker-Kelly/Candidate for NCAE President. Mrs. Kelly is a social justice warrior, an education advocate, and her vision for Public Education is bold and encouraging. Her intellectual ability is evident in her positions within the NCAE organization. She demonstrates many qualities of a successful leader such as: Visionary, Mission Driven, Diplomatic, Resilience, Dedication. Tamika Walker Kelly is a highly qualified candidate and will make an excellent NCAE President.

Joseph Source
Cumberland County

Tamika and I go way back to our days as NC Teaching Fellows at East Carolina University.  But it was her commitment, positivity, and leadership in NCAE that made me so happy our paths crossed again. Advocates for public education have been battling forces that want to destroy our schools, segregate our kids, and degrade our public educators.  It’s time to double down. It’s time to be bold and take back our state.

Arielle Hogarth Dyer
Past President of the Alamance-Burlington Association of Educators

Tamika’s Story

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