Dr. Tyre' D. Jenkins
A passionate advocate for educational equity and community engagement, Dr. Tyre’ Jenkins is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. As a product of the East Baton Rouge School System and a proud graduate of Glen Oaks High School, Jenkins at a young age believed education would be the vehicle to transcend the labels, statistics, and stereotypes attached to his reality. For the past seven years, Dr. Jenkins has worked in different capacities in his pursuit to bring about academic liberation for his community.
Dr. Jenkins currently serves as a Regional Literacy Specialist with the Center for Literacy and Learning. He provides coaching support to literacy coaches in K-12 schools across the state of Louisiana. He is also an adjunct professor at Franklin Univesity, where he teaches undergraduate courses in the foundations of reading to pre-service teachers. He is also an adjunct faculty at Delgado Community College in the Adult Education Department and Academic Diagnostician for The New Teacher Project (TNTP). He proud serves as an Executive Coach to the Doctoral in Executive Leadership Program at the University of Holy Cross New Orleans. Prior to these positions, Dr. Jenkins was a classroom teacher and instructional coach for six years in upper elementary, middle school, and high school. He has a unique ability to gauge student readiness levels and preferences and to adapt his methods accordingly. He has a deep understanding of how to connect with students and how to design a curriculum in a way that makes learning authentic, engaging, and memorable. He believes in the idea of rigor with support, in setting expectations just beyond the level that students believe themselves capable of while ensuring that they know that he is there to catch them if they falter. He is proud to be viewed as approachable and trustworthy, creative, industrious, and dedicated by students, parents, faculty, and administration alike.
Dr. Jenkins prides himself in mentoring students and adults spiritually and academically from elementary school to the doctorate level. He is the founder of Coaching Kings, Inc., a faith-based nonprofit organization that welcomes young men and women to unearth their potential through the foundations of academic enrichment, mentorship, and soul care.
Jenkins proudly serves as a board member for Career Compass of Louisiana, one of Louisiana’s leading nonprofit organizations for college and career access. He also serves as an Associate Mentor for The Power of Colour Doctoral Network, where he develops and mentor doctoral students through the completion of their educational journey. He is an advocate and member on various boards and committees: M.O.B. Academy, Glen Oaks High School Security Dads Mentorship Program, and the Early Literacy Commission through the Louisiana Department of Education. He is also a professional affiliate of the Urban League of Louisiana, The Reading League Louisiana, Louisiana Educators of Color Collective (LECC), Kappa Delta Pi, National Association of Black School Educators (NASBSE), The Black Doctoral Network, and Social Justice Institute Fellow (Boston University).
Scholastically, Dr. Jenkins has three earned degrees. He graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University of Hammond, Louisiana with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, Literature, and Languages. He has a Master of Education degree in Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Kansas. He earned his doctorate degree from Xavier University of Louisiana in Educational Leadership in Urban Education. His research focuses on the educational influence that single Black mothers have on the academic achievement of their sons. As a fervent learner and advocate for Black male achievement, Black parent involvement, and mentorship, he looks forward to diving more into this area of work.