Contessa T. Walker – Jackson lives by the mantras “can’t give up now” and “there’s nothing too hard for God.” Tess is the CEO & Owner of Exclusively By Tess, a full-service event planning firm. Tess is also an entrepreneur, a model, actor, author, civic leader, product specialist, mentor, visionary, mastermind, speaker, educator, and new blog series – Tessology Tuesdays. She has worked behind the scenes at the Steve Harvey Neighborhood Awards and BET Hip Hop Awards, to name a few. Tess holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, a Master of Arts in Educational Administration and Supervision, a Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education, and is a Certified Specialist in Event & Party Planning. Tess has received the following awards: Teacher of the Year (2005); Who’s Who Among Professionals (2008); Junior National Young Leaders Conference Education Leader and Mentor Award (2008 – 2012); School Choice Leader Award For Teacher’s PETS Academy (2013-2018); and the Small Business Influencer in Leadership Recognition Award (2016). View Exclusively By Tess Here
Tess is the Founder & Owner of Teacher’s PETS Inc., a non-profit organization founded in 2008. Currently, Tess opened up a virtual academy, Teacher’s PETS Virtual Academy. Teacher’s PETS Virtual Academy (TPVA) is an online school that provides a college-prep education, along with job training, etiquette courses in all subjects and for elementary, middle, and high school students. Choosing the right school makes all the difference. TPVA uses the K12 Curriculum, enhanced with The Royal Experience Curriculum (social-emotional learning and character education), and Bible Learning. These courses are ideal for students who are looking to supplement their existing homeschool or traditional school portfolio with a highly flexible, affordable, and individualized learning experience.
Teacher’s PETS Inc. is a 501 C 3 organization, and it collaborates with partnering corporations to raise funds and organize volunteer work for children who experience extreme economic and domestic hardship with financial and educational support. It bestows sponsorships and supports hunger relief programs.
Tess continues to fuel her passions and ambition as the published author of My TESStimony and My TESStimony Study Guide Journal, through which she portrays her journey as a businesswoman, wife, mother, and lover of life. The book’s universal mandate is that “a virtuous woman is a woman of strength”—which supports her ventures as an entrepreneur, civic leader, and mentor to many. Tess is the author of The Royal Experience Social-Emotional Learning Curriculum. The Royal Experience Social-Emotional Learning Curriculum is specially designed to educate your child on basic etiquette and desirable manners. Themes represented in this curriculum include anger management, first impressions, how to make friends, washing and folding clothes, development of social skills, digital decorum, managing cyberbullying, and more. So if you’re ready to become modern-day royalty, then it’s time to go back to basics! Our confidence-building program teaches children the principles of manners and sets the foundation for excellent communication and social skills. These workshops are fun and interactive, providing an opportunity for your children to learn and practice leadership skills while teaching courtesy, respect, and hands-on social and dining skills. Tess is the author of How to be a Stay-At-Home Entrepreneur Mom. This quintessential guide shows you how to run a business without compromising your goals for your family and your personal life. Filled with helpful tips, easy-to-implement techniques, and strategies to keep your full life organized and productive. This guide is just what you need to find the perfect balance between your work life, your home life, and your goals.
Tess is also a product specialist and currently has a perfume line, Impress with Tess and Tess Four.Four.
Tess’ next mission is to build a private dream school (Child Development Center & K-12 Academy) that will allow students free tuition, as well as Teacher’s PETS Inc. Performing Arts Theater, a 1,500-seat facility open to all as a venue to host plays, concerts, conferences, seminars, and formal training. Furthermore, she is looking to launch a banquet hall, as the Exclusively By Tess Event Center; along with the Teacher’s PETS Academy Family Life Center.