Originally from New Jersey, Dr. Tammy Jones moved to Oʻahu in 2003 to pursue her Masters of Education in Teaching from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. She went on to also earn her PhD in Curriculum Studies from UHM in 2012. Tammy spent the first portion of her career in education as an English teacher at James Campbell High School in ʻEwa Beach and at the School for Examining Essential Questions of Sustainability (SEEQS) in Kaimuki. In 2017, Tammy joined the Hawaiʻi Council for the Humanities family as the Reading & Discussion Program Assistant for the Try Think program. She greatly enjoys the work she is able to do in the correctional facilities, as well as in the community to bring people together to form a connection through discussion.
Brandy Chang was born in Florida but has spent nearly half of her life on Oʻahu. She has been a facilitator for the Try Think program since 2019, a natural fit for her since she has been involving herself in other people’s discussions since she was 5. When she is not working with the Try Think team, she is a public high school English teacher, terrible joke teller and full time mom to a goofy and curious son . She is a believer in humanity, a practicer of inclusivity and an advocate for making education accessible for everyone. She finds her peace in books, the ocean and music.