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“I have created a life by stepping out of the

box of people's limitations. I call it zigging when others are zagging.”

- Oprah Winfrey

Divergent Educational Consulting’s primary focus is to empower educators to embrace the values of being Different, Progressive, and Out-The-Box.  Divergent Teachers (DTs) are continuous seekers of innovation as they collaborate with other educators to design and deliver impactful lessons that purposefully transfers energy that meets the social-emotional needs of their students. Divergent Administrators (DAs) seek to recruit the aforementioned teachers because they acknowledge the power of employing educators that are willing to do ‘whatever it takes’ to meet the needs of ALL students. Divergent Learners (DLs) embody a love of reading and desire to enhance their comprehension skills through vocabulary enhancement, discussion, and real-world application.  Divergent Educational Consulting’s services are designed with the belief that “No one rises to low expectations.” - Les Brown 


CEO & Founder of Divergent Educational Consulting, LLC
and Manager of Coaching for BetterLesson 



EDD, Higher Education Leadership, Clark Atlanta University

MEd, Educational Leadership, Stephen F. Austin State University

MS, Curriculum & Instruction, Texas A&M University-Texarkana

BS, Education, University of Central Arkansas





Assistant Principal

Classroom Teacher

Adjunct Faculty 



2022 Wall of Heroes Mural 

Feature by Artist Darlene Taylor

2020 Tribute to African-American Women Award

from Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. & Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.


2020 MODEL Award

from The Texarkana Chapter of Jack and Jill of America


2020 Martin Luther King, Jr. Acts of Kindness Education Award

from The Ozan-Inghram Iron Mountain Development Corporation

2018 Outstanding Professional Learning Award

from Learning Forward Texas Professional Learning Association


2017 A.E. Alton & Mott Mosley Excellence in Education Award

from The Greater Texarkana Branch of the NAACP

2016 Woman of Distinction Education Award

from Dayspring Family Church Women’s Conference 


2015 Freedom Writers Institute Teacher 

from Erin Gruwell, Freedom Writers Foundation

October 2008 Employee of the Month

Liberty-Eylau Independent School District


2003-2004 C.K. Bender Elementary Campus Teacher of the Year

Liberty-Eylau Independent School District 


Northeast Texas Alliance of Black School Educators 


Texas Alliance of Black School Educators 

Black Women Education Leaders 

Dr. Taryn Chambers Givan is a transformational educator who is purposed to make a lasting impression in the educational system, especially for at-promise students. 

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