Dr. Lynette N. Tannis has served in myriad educational roles over the past twenty-two years including elementary teacher, high school athletic coach, literacy coordinator, school/district administrator, lecturer, researcher, professional developer, and an education delegate to Brazil, China, South Africa, Trinidad, Turkey, and throughout the United States.
She is currently an adjunct lecturer on education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) where she teaches the course she designed titled, Educating Incarcerated Youth: Practice, Research, and Policy. She also conducts research for HGSE’s Juvenile Justice Education Research Initiative. Her work as an adjunct lecturer, researcher, and independent education consultant focuses on ensuring juvenile justice educators are well equipped to provide the students in their care with a high-quality education.
Dr. Tannis is the author of Educating Incarcerated Youth: Exploring the Impact of Relationships, Expectations, Resources and Accountability (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) and is recognized as a national expert on juvenile justice education. Her work is featured in the Harvard Educational Review (2017), the National Association for Public Defense (2016), educationpost(2015), Education Week (2014), and the Harvard Ed. Magazine (2015, 2014, 2013).
She holds both a Doctor of Education degree (2013) and a Master’s of Education Policy and Management degree (2010) from Harvard University, a Master’s degree With Distinction in Educational Administration from Kean University (2003), and a Bachelor’s degree Cum Laude in Elementary Education from Greensboro College (1995).