Tierra Jolly was elected to the State Board in July 2014 in a special election. She is currently a faculty member at her alma mater, Bishop McNamara High School.
Before returning to Bishop McNamara, she taught civics, economics, US History and remedial social studies at Sarah T. Reed High School in New Orleans, Louisiana, and seventh grade ancient history at Kramer Middle School in Washington, DC She currently teaches freshman government and AP U.S. History.
Ms. Jolly earned a bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts from McDaniel College, and an master's in US and Public History from the American University. She is currently a doctoral candidate in 20th century US history at Tulane University; her dissertation explores the relationship between national civil rights organizations and the District of Columbia's movement for home rule and Congressional voting representation.