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T'erra Estes
T'erra Estes

T'erra Estes

Teach Not Punish

Tulsa, OK USA

"There are gonna be times where you’re gonna feel stagnant. If you know that you have a larger purpose to impact more students on a larger scale—and you develop a plan to do it—you can!"

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Day In The Life

Founder & Executive Director

I empower families and professionals through education and access to vital resources.


Day In The Life Of An Education Nonprofit Executive Director

My Day to Day

I start my day diving into our TEAMS program, focusing on family and educator support. I collaborate with schools to understand their needs and create plans that weave in social skills lessons and one-on-one support. As a case manager, I'm also deeply involved in connecting families with community resources, ensuring every child gets the support they need. It's a blend of strategic planning and hands-on involvement that truly makes a difference.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Associate's Degree


    Tulsa Community College

  • Bachelor's Degree


    Langston University

  • Graduate Degree

    Family Studies

    Texas Woman's University

Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    After high school, I wasn’t entirely sure of what I wanted to do, but I knew I wanted to work with children.

  • 2.

    I began my career in education, influenced by sociology, and found my passion in special education.

  • 3.

    I then worked as a behavior interventionist, focusing on positive reinforcement and student strengths.

  • 4.

    Inspired by the power of teaching over punishment, I started a Facebook page called Teach Not Punish to share this philosophy.

  • 5.

    After a tornado hit Tulsa, Oklahoma, I led a community fundraising effort, reinforcing my commitment to service.

  • 6.

    I transitioned to full-time community work, focusing on family needs and educational support in Tulsa.

  • 7.

    I received recognition and support for my local philanthropy and expanded my impact to reach youth and families.

  • 8.

    As Teach Not Punish grew, I embraced a leadership role, driven by a lifelong mission to empower and educate.