HPS Alumni Spotlight: Tametria Conner-Dantzler

Tametria Conner-Dantzler is a professional speaker who is committed to sharing her expertise as a journalist, advocate, and mother of a son diagnosed with autism. A Hattiesburg native, Tametria graduated as a Special Honors graduate of Hattiesburg High School Class of 2003. Tametria's reporting has been featured on news stations across the country including the former news program "America Now," as well as special reporting for the United Nations and President Barack Obama's First Inauguration. By combining those passions, Tametria motivates and educates parents, teachers, administrators, healthcare professionals, service providers, and advocates on diverse topics including disability advocacy, professional/personal development and communication strategies throughout the state of Alabama, the nation, and beyond.


An accomplished journalist and award-winning, former TV news anchor and investigative reporter, Tametria is now an advocate for children with autism and other different abilities. Tametria has been a constant and viable voice for the voiceless for years with her advocacy reporting and it’s no surprise she is now using her voice and resources to reach an underserved and underrepresented population. In 2018, she founded 501 (c)(3) non-profit D.A.T.S. M.O.M. “Disability as an Ability Toward Success, Moms on the Move. D.A.T.S.M.O.M. is an advocacy organization for parents of children on the Autism Spectrum, or with related challenges. Within a few months of launching this organization, Tametria has served hundreds of parents, providing free group and individual educational training and extensive IEP training, personal development and the tools needed to shift their child’s disability to an ability. Several statewide initiatives and programs have been implemented including the high-impact 2020 Alabama Autism Safety Initiative and Faces of Autism Campaign. D.A.T.S. M.O.M. is a spin-off of her high-demand workshop session: “Disability as an Ability Toward Success: Understanding the diagnosis and journey while executing the plan. After standing room only sessions and positive feedback from thousands across the country, Tametria wanted to create a platform for parents to learn how to become effective advocates for their children. Through her non-profit, D.A.T.S.M.O.M, Tametria recently awarded $1,000 scholarships to deserving students of Hattiesburg Public Schools.


Tametria’s passion derives from her fight for full access and quality childcare for her son and other children in the state of Alabama, including being successful with ensuring federal compliance with full program access for children with disabilities at the Montgomery County, Alabama Head Start. Since 2016, she has served in an Alabama Governor’s appointed position as the Parent Representative for the Alabama Early Intervention Interagency Coordinating Council. In this role, she helps to ensure Alabama children have proper access to early intervention and early childhood programs. In May of 2018, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey appointed her to serve on the Alabama Interagency Autism Coordinating Council.


The Dantzler family earned the 2017 Family Guidance Center of Alabama Family of the Year Award. Tametria serves as a motivational speaker and trainer. She has served as a keynote speaker and presenter at various conferences across the county. She has earned several national, state, and local awards for her advocacy journalism and community service over the last decade.


Tametria earned a Master of Arts Degree in Public Affairs/Governmental Affairs from the University of Illinois at Springfield and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Berry College. She is happily married to her husband Andy Dantzler, owner of Dantzler Property Investment Group, and a mother of three children.