Meet the Founders


Emily Meeks, M.Ed.

Emily Meeks is a dynamic individual with demonstrated capabilities of utilizing instructional best practices to obtain desired results. As the daughter of a retired educator, she has been passionate about learning and education all of her life. Ms. Meeks has served as an educator, content specialist, and facilitator for the past 11 years.

Emily has facilitated various professional learning workshops on the school and district level during her career as a public school educator. 

Ms. Meeks was awarded the Student Improvement Grant (2017), and the Race to the Top Grant for consistently showing student growth.    

She received her Bachelors of Arts in English from The University of West Georgia and a Master of Education in Adult Education from Strayer University. 

Through Focused Minds Education Group, she is dedicated to creating sustainable changes to promote resilience in adolescents and adults.



Taneesha Thomas, M.Ed.

Taneesha Thomas has over 18 years of experience in education as a Teacher Leader and Instructional Coach.  As a results-oriented instructional leader, she enjoys opportunities training and supporting principals and teachers to enhance their professional capacity to turn vision into action to achieve success.

Taneesha is a former Education Curriculum Specialist for the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice. She also served previously as a Ninth Grade Academy Coordinator, Smaller Learning Communities Instructional Coach and an Enhanced Freshman Academy Coach for Metro Atlanta school districts. Additionally, Taneesha served as a Master Instructional Coach for the DeKalb County Schools District, in charge of curriculum alignment, assessment/data analysis, and professional development for English Language Arts teacher’s grades 9-12.  

She received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Tennessee State University and a Master’s of Science in Adult Education from Troy University.  Taneesha has designed and facilitated various professional development workshops at the district and state levels in Indiana, Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama.  With Focused Minds Education Group and her energetic work ethic, she is ready to help facilitate focused changes necessary for schools to reach students and successfully prepare them for the 21st century.