Dr. Bettye H. Perkins, is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Today’s Students Tomorrow’s Teachers (TSTT). An educator and former IBM executive, Dr. Perkins has spent the past 20 years developing and implementing educational programs to enhance the academic achievement of young people in New York and throughout the northeast. With anenormous passion for opening doors for young people, Dr. Perkins launched TSTT in 1994 with only 7 students in Westchester County, New York. Today, TSTT’s full-circlecollaborative model has been successfully replicated in four states: New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Virginia, and is recognized by prominent educators and policy makers as a “viable model to help close the teacher of color gap.” TSTT has produced over 150 alumni teachers, and nearly 1000 high school and college students arecurrently in the pipeline to become caring, competent, committed teachers and leaders.
Dr. Perkins is the recipient of many awards and proclamations acknowledging her outstanding achievement in Educational Leadership such as: the Special Parent Honoree Award from the NYS Education Department and the Pathfinder Awardfrom the NYS Association of Women in Administration; the Milton A. Williams, Jr. Scholars in Education Award from the Westchester Children’s Museum, the Trailblazer Award by the NY Chamber of Commerce, and the Distinguished Service Award from the Westchester County, NY County Executive’s Office. Most recently, Dr. Perkins received the prestigious Community Service Award from the Westchester County Democratic Committee (WCDC) for her work in preparing young people for the careers in education.
Dr. Perkins received a Bachelor’s degree in Education from North Carolina A&T State University, a Masters Degree in Education Administration from Pace University, and a Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership and Urban Policy from Fordham University. Her work has been published by the American Association of School Personnel Administrators (AASPA) as a best practice for Human Capital Management Strategies, by the Amsterdam News for her work on the ‘Male Teacher of Color” Initiative, and by Harvard Business School for the significant economic value and the critical social impact the program has made on our society.
A sought-after speaker, Dr. Perkins recently served as a panelist at the 2015 Teaching & Learning Conference presented by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards held in Washington, D.C. In September 2015, The Albert Shanker Institute recently published “The State of Teacher Diversity in American Education” spotlighting TSTT as one (1) of eight (8) national programs that is having a positive impact in recruiting and retaining teachers of color. She has also been featured for her work in several national and local media outlets such as the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, the Journal News, and the Westchester County Press.
Dr. Perkins and her husband, John, are avid tennis players and live in Hartsdale, New York. They enjoy mentoring many young people and spending time with their godchildren.