Tiffani Weaver, teaching Physics to IDEA’s 10th-grade scholars, is a native Washingtonian. After graduating from Talladega College with degrees in biology and chemistry, Weaver worked as a research scientist at Duke University and the National Institutes of Health, studying allergies and infectious diseases, HIV/AIDS, the effects of different drugs on memory and learning, and animal behavior. She earned her master’s degree from Trinity Washington University.
While working in the lab, Weaver trained and supervised university students and summer interns, and discovered she liked teaching. Weaver taught for a decade in middle schools and then for more than a decade in high schools, primarily in Ward 7, because it’s important to her to support her community. Weaver wants scholars in her classroom to know they can be successful and that she is fair and equitable to all. Weaver uses her knowledge of physics when she goes skiing, one of her favorite activities. She also enjoys eating a variety of ethnic foods.