Tamika Walker Kelly grew up in Fayetteville, NC, and is the product of the Cumberland County School System. After graduating from E.E. Smith High School in 2001, she attended East Carolina University, majoring in Music Education.
Graduating from ECU in 2007, Tamika returned to Cumberland County. She taught at Morganton Road Elementary for 13 years as the K-5th Elementary Music Specialist. Tamika is a teacher-leader, as she was the 2015-2016 Westover District Teacher of the Year. As an educator, Tamika was recognized with the Fayetteville Observer’s 40 Under 40 Award in 2018.
Tamika is currently serving as President of the North Carolina Association of Educators, the state's largest professional organization for public school employees. Tamika’s vision is that through our collective work at NCAE, we can continue to build upon the great legacy of NC Public schools.