Dr. Tava Herring was born and raised on the Eastside of San Antonio. She attended San Antonio ISD schools and graduated from Health Careers High school in Northside ISD. After graduating, Dr. Herring went to the University of Houston and completed her degree in Kinesiology in hopes of becoming a Physical Therapist. She quickly realized that her passion was not in Physical Therapy and moved back to San Antonio where she earned her master's degree in Adult Education with a concentration in Kinesiology. She later received her PhD in Education with a concentration in Organizational Leadership at the University of Incarnate Word.
Tava had a variety of exciting and challenging experiences in her career. She worked at Por Vida Academy on the city's Southside for six years as a research assistant, a high school teacher, and an academic advisor. Dr. Herring also assisted in the creation of a dual credit program that she believed was necessary to help support students. After her time at Por Vida, she was the site coordinator for SA Youth at Emmanuel A.M. E. Church and later became the Executive Director of the Antioch Community Transformation Network (ACTN) at Antioch Baptist Church.
She then moved on to San Antonio Independent School District as the Community School Coordinator at Wheatley Middle School. Afterwards she became the Teacher Incentive Fund Coordinator, working with Master Teachers.
Tava joined Emmanuel AME Church when she was eleven-years-old and immediately became active. She served with the following auxiliaries and in the following capacities: Local YPD President Sunday School Secretary Jr. Usher Board Youth Choir SWTC YPD President Local YPD Director Young Women's Initiative Adult Women's Sunday School Teacher Adult Sunday School Teacher Superintendent of Sunday School Media Room Coordinator San Antonio District Church School Committee San Antonio District Education and Enlightenment Committee
She served as a board member of the Select Federal Credit Union and the Ettling Center for Civic Leadership. She was also a participant in the McNeil Education Foundation for Ecumenical Leadership.
Tava leaves to cherish her memory her parents Audrey W. Herring and Wyman H. Herring, Jr. (Leticia); brother Wyman H. Herring, III (Tiffany); paternal grandmother J. Margaret Herring; uncles Terrace Jones (Janice); Kenneth Jones (Paula); aunts Rosalind A. Jones; Antoinette Hughes (Daniel); nieces Daryn Marie and Lisa Renee Herring; nephew Devin Deron Norn Ellis; and a host of cousins. She will be sorely missed by her kitties, Ella and Cleo.