Welcome to Parent Engagement here at Obama!!!
My name is Ericka Dennis. I am the Family Engagement Coordinator at Barack and Michelle Obama Elementary. I am a St. Paul native and a homeowner in the Rondo community, just a few short blocks from our school. I am also a professional actress, playwright, educator, entrepreneur and activist who is dedicated to using the arts and education to build self-esteem in order to empower youth and their communities.
As Founder of Tyehimba Learning Center, an African-American commercial learning center that fuses the arts, social justice, science and literacy skills, I was awarded the Minority Business Award from the Business Journal and the Entrepreneur Award from Neighborhood Development Center. As the Education Director at SteppingStone Theatre, I diversified their artist roster, garnered partnerships with the Rondo community and created innovative programming which SteppingStone continues to use.
As a writer, I was commissioned by Minnesota African-American Museum to write two one- person shows about MN historical figures and by Habitat for Humanity to document the stories of the Habitat community. Recently, I became a published children’s book author and a contributing writer for the Rondo Commemorative Plaza exhibit.
In the summer, I spend my time traveling, basking in the sun and managing summer camps at the Science Museum of MN.