Tamanna Shahid was raised in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn and attended Brooklyn Technical High School. She went to SUNY Binghamton University for college where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Cell and Molecular Biology and a minor in Health and Wellness Studies. She moved back to NYC and was selected for the NYC Teaching Fellows Program, and studied for her Masters in Adolescent Education in Science at Pace University.
She subsequently received a job at the Collegiate Institute for Math and Science in the Bronx where she taught Living Environment, AP Biology, and Anatomy and Physiology. At CIMS, she led the Gaming League, where students often came after school to play video games like Super Smash Bros and build a sense of community amongst all students through tournaments. Additionally, she worked part-time at Sephora after school and on the weekends to explore her interests in makeup, using her knowledge to assist in makeup for school plays.
In 2017, Tamanna joined the Bioinformatics Masters Program with Johns Hopkins University, pursuing her interests in programming, biotechnology, evolution, and genetics and looking at genomic database technology. She continues to complete online coursework while teaching. During the summers, she joins summer institutes to improve her teaching and train in teaching more subjects like AP Biology. In the summer of 2018, she collaborated with NYU and joined the RET Electrical Engineering program, where she learned concepts in networking, internet security, and utilizing the COSMOS testbed (an up-and-coming technology that would allow experiments to promote the evolution of 4G to 5G speeds).
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