Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw once wrote, “Some see things as they are and ask why. Others dream things that never were and ask why not.” Tammie asks, “why not?”
We first learned of her impact and tireless work through a friend in Red Hook-Brooklyn who described to us a passionate young woman from Elmont that she had teamed up with for a graduate course project. This passionate young woman wanted to bring social service programs back to families of a little-known hamlet on Long Island.
A graduate of Elmont High, a library Trustee, advocate and mother of a wide-eyed, 11 year-old son, C.J., Tammie cares about her community, and has the courage to fight for what it needs.
Here is our interview:
How long you’ve lived in Elmont: More than 20 years
Schools attended: P.S. 140
Elmont Memorial High School
SUNY Empire State College
Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College
What are your career goals?
My career goal is to develop model programs that will assist underserved groups achieve political, social and economic equality.
What are your personal goals?
My personal goal is to make a positive difference globally. I am committed to securing freedom, liberty and social justice for future generations.
How would you describe your work ethic? Where does it come from?
I am a humble, driven woman with no room for procrastination. I get my work ethics from my mother who is a hard working single parent.
What do you believe sets Elmont apart from any other community?
We are a tight knit community thriving for a better quality of life for future generations.
What do you wish there was more of in Elmont?
A community resource for parents/caregivers caring for children with special needs. New & innovative programs and resources for parents caring for children with special needs.
If you could in one sentence, how would you describe Elmont?
Elmont is a soulful modern day renaissance.
The best advice you’ve ever gotten:
“Let your life be a shining example for others. Let everything you do be in service to someone. Stand tall in the knowledge of who you are. Stand proudly in the midst of difficult times. Be aware that who you are and what you have to offer can be a beacon to some lost soul.” – Iyanla Vanzant
A special thanks to this progressive community organizer for granting us an interview. Keep your eyes peeled for Tammie as she works to provide services for the people and families of Elmont!