LashawnTamika Hall is known by most as a radio host and for her music or theatre, but many don’t know that she has had a love for language since childhood. Tamika fell in love with Spanish at the age of eight years old when she heard her Sunday School teacher translate for a family at a church event. With more than ten years in education, she holds a degree in Theatre and Minor in Hispanic Studies from Washington College and has created bilingual programming for more than a decade. Smarty Puffs was created to solve two problems. First, as a teacher Tamika saw students of color shying away from foreign language. Secondly, as a parent, she and her husband could not find books that related to their children to help spread their love for Spanish. Tamika lives in Maryland with her hubby, Terrelle, their four children, and puppy, Diamond.