Tatonka Education Services

Serving Schools Through an Uncommon Partnership

Tatonka Education Services is a private operator of charter schools that is a champion of academic excellence by supporting site-based School Leaders with the freedom and resources to focus on academic instruction. 

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The Team

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TES practices the method of Servant Leadership.
We believe that the on-site Staff and School Board know what is best for their school community.
We listen to your ideology, take time to understand the mission and vision of your school and we empower staff to meet and exceed your Charter goals and obligations. We are dedicated to the charter school movement and the immense impact it can have on the lives of children and the surrounding community.
— Carol Hansen, CEO, Tatonka Education Services


Tatonka Capital Corporation, (the parent company to TES) has provided financing services to charter schools for more than 20 years.  As an underwriter of charter school credits we saw the good, the bad and the ugly.  TES was formed in 2015 when presented with the opportunity to step in and help a small group of existing schools avoid closure.  The opportunity held a personal and emotional attachment for Tatonka's founder, whose three children attended a charter school from 1993 - 2004.  An experinence that has served their family very well even today as adults.

What We Do

TES focuses on getting the back office in order so educators can do what they do best! With financial stress out of the way school leadership can focus on increasing academic performance and enrollment through the redistribution of their own time…..a precious resource. We help charter schools by:

  1. Aligning actual cash flow with budget goals to build an operating surplus

  2. Managing "out-of-control" vendor payables and contracts by setting expectations with vendors, renegotiating contracts (at the Board’s direction) and adhering to cash constraints

  3. Setting a course for the school to hit state mandated financial benchmarks and eliminating financial distress

  4. Working through and preventing probation or termination from an authorizer

Once financials are stabilized, school leaders are able to not only meet the current needs of their school, but also take their school into the next phase of educational excellence.

Our Services Include:

  • Financial Services
  • Human Resources
  • Facilities
  • Technology
  • School Management and Operations