Taunya Banta is manager of inclusion services for KinderCare Education, where she works with approximately 2,400 centers and sites nationwide, creating inclusive learning environments. After spending two decades in early childhood and elementary education, Banta believes a strong sense of self is one of the largest influences on children's ability to reach their full potential. Throughout her career, Banta has supported families from diverse backgrounds in her roles as a classroom teacher, coach/trainer, speaker at industry conferences, and as a contributor to a variety of media outlets. In addition to her experience in early childhood and elementary education, Banta is certified in trauma-informed care, psychological first aid, and human centered design. She holds a master's in teaching from George Fox University.