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Mia Tensley

Reading instructor in the Comprehensive Studies Division, Mia Tensley is being honored as a Tri-County Technical College’s Educator of the Year and will be recognized at the South Carolina Technical Education Association (SCTEA) meeting in February.


Tensley, an Anderson native, joined the College’s Comprehensive Studies Division in 2016 after working as an adjunct reading instructor since August 2012. She earned an associate in arts degree in 2001 and transferred to Clemson University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in special education (multi-categorical). While at Clemson, she received the John Richardson Award for Excellence in Education. She earned an M.Ed. in literacy and curriculum from Grand Canyon University and R2S literacy certification from the South Carolina Department of Education.


Tensley currently serves as Tri-County’s Faculty Senate president. She also represents the College in the 2019 Leadership Clemson program. Her previous employment includes direct care counselor for New Foundations Children and Family Services, a special education teacher at Anderson School District 5 and Pickens County School District, and lead instructor for Rehabilitative Behavioral Health Services for Oconee County School District.


She is a member of Alive Wesleyan Church. She and her husband, Demetrick, have three children, Caleb, 16; Hannah, 14; and Chloe, 7.