It all started when...

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Our focus it to highlight Women In Construction, Power UP Inc.'s monthly feature recognizes the success and diversity of the female workforce within the construction industry. Learn how these women, along with young students, continue to improve the diversity and status in the construction industry.


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When asked, "What don't you do?" Tami simply replies, "Nothing!"  Tami Gamble-Gurnell is in her fourth year of teaching Construction and Building Trades at Duncanville High School in Duncanville, Texas, on Dallas' southern border.  She possesses an energetic comedic spirit with a never quit attitude.  In the most intriguing way she manages to turn no's into yes's.  


Her first heart throb moment in construction came when she was helping her dad set and pour cement steps at the age of six. This zany mother of three sons is a Howard University graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, a Certified Texas Education Agency Teacher, National Centers for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Carpentry Instructor and OSHA certified.  She has been awarded Made with Pride Duncanville ISD Teacher of the Month May 2016 and Duncanville High School Teacher of the Month in January 2018, led her SkillsUSA team to numerous blue ribbon victories and is on a crusade to ensure that laughter is injected into every lesson.