Tenesha McDaniel Restorative Justice Senior Specialist | Site: Englewood STEM High School
Tenesha (she/her/hers) joined Umoja in January 2020 as a Restorative Justice Senior Specialist.
Tenesha T. McDaniel is a Restorative Justice Senior Specialist who works with all members of the community at Englewood STEM High School. In her role she is active in building adult capacity of utilizing restorative justice practices through direct coaching and professional development, while being the Peace Room warrior at STEM.
Mrs. McDaniel believes, “ Intentional and proactive relationship building is the catalyst of change in the lives of youth today. And without those meaningful relationships with adults that care about the whole student, students are lost to fend for themselves in a world that does not cater to their needs. Utilizing restorative justice practices is a way to ensure that those relationships are built.”
Mrs. McDaniel fell in love with the idea of Restorative Justice while working with incarcerated youth at the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center and has since taken this work to several Chicago Public Schools. As the Head of Security at Senn High School she was responsible for implementing the restorative practices professional development of the security team, monthly teacher and staff talking circles, and the development of Senn High Schools restorative practice team who coached other teachers and staff on how to utilize these practices. She later worked at Foreman High School as the Culture and Climate Interventions where she continued her work conducting schoolwide professional developments, championed the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports program, lead the Student Voice Committee, lead the Culture and Climate team and supported the Multi Tiered Systems of Supports.
Mrs. McDaniel attended Lewis University where she received a Bachelors of Arts in Criminal Justice and Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership. She most recently earned a Certificate in School Discipline and Reform from Loyola University.