Aileen Tejeda


Aileen joins Transcend on the Sparks team. She was born and raised in the South Bronx and discovered her passion for education and social justice during her years as a high school teacher and coach at her alma mater.  She is proud of being a first-generation college graduate and was most inspired by the strong women in her family, fantastic city schools, and education organizations where she has worked.  Prior to joining Transcend, Aileen worked as yoga teacher and consultant supporting education and corporate organizations in developing equitable wellness and culturally responsive solutions for their teams.  

Aileen earned a BA from Georgetown University in English with a minor in Theology and Theater and an Ed.M in the Education Policy and Management Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. 

Aileen lives in Philadelphia with her partner and mini-schnauzer.  When she isn’t teaching yoga to young people and adults, you can find her strength training, trying out a fitness class, eating or baking dessert, finding the best stationery, or organizing.


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