Member from Texas
Dr. Tyra Manning is a renowned educator who brings an inspirational message of hope to individuals struggling with addiction, mental illness, or grief. She overcame personal struggles with substance abuse and mental illness and went on to become one of America’s top educators. As Superintendent of River Forest District 90 in Illinois, she presided for twelve years over high-performing public-school districts, where her students often reached the highest levels of academic achievement. Her debut book, Where the Water Meets the Sand, was awarded the Independent Book Publisher's (IBPA) 2017 Benjamin Franklin Gold Award for Best Memoir and the Texas Association of Authors Award for Best Autobiography. Though she travels around the country delivering the messages and lessons in book, Dr. Manning is a born-and-bred Texan currently living in the Texas Hill Country. She blogs twice per week at her website, www.tyramanning.com.