Tamara Akinbo

Tamara Akinbo teaches Spanish in the High School Academic Program. Previous teaching roles include at North Carolina Governor’s School, at the high school, middle school and college levels across Winston-Salem and at schools in Jamaica, New York and Roanoke, Virginia. Akinbo spent five months in Querétaro, México, studying language, history, literature and culture at Tec de Monterrey while living with a native family.


Akinbo received her National Board Certification in World Languages Other Than English in Fall 2016 and Administrative Licensure in 2018. She has been teaching since 2001, with recent Spanish teaching positions at:

  • N.C. Governor's School, 2017–present
  • Mount Tabor High School, Winston-Salem, N.C., 2019–20
  • Wiley Magnet Middle School, Winston-Salem, N.C., 2017–19
  • R.J. Reynolds High School, Winston-Salem, N.C., 2012-17
  • Al-Iman School, Jamaica, N.Y., 2011-12

Awards, Recognitions & Honors

  • Wiley Magnet Middle Teacher of the Year nominee, 2018-19
  • R.J. Reynolds High School Teacher of the Year candidate, 2016-17
  • Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Scholar, 2009
  • Atkins Gleason Scholar, Winston-Salem State University, 2002


  • African-American Linguists
  • American Association for Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese
  • American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages
  • Foreign Language Association of North Carolina
  • North Carolina Association of Educators


M.A. EducationWake Forest University

B.A. Spanish and EnglishWinston-Salem State University