In 1986, she received the District Teacher of the Year award while teaching in the Smyrna School District, Smyrna, Delaware. Before moving to Orangeburg, she taught in that district for 21 years. In 1991, she received the State Chamber of Commerce “Superstars! In Education Award” from the State of Delaware for innovative teaching strategies and later, the “NAACP Educator of the Year Award” from the Dover, Delaware, Central Branch of the NAACP. In 2004, she was awarded the “Outstanding Director of the Year” by The National Association of African American Honors 程式 (NAAAHP). In 2011, she received the Community Service Award from the Delta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and was the recipient of the IMARA Magazine Community Service Award.She received the 2012 教育 Award from the Orangeburg, SC Branch of the NAACP, and in December of 2013, she and her husband, Dr. Henry N. Tisdale, received the Times & Democrat “Persons of the Year” for the phenomenal transformational change taking place at 金沙登录网址. In September, 2014, she received the Order of the Palmetto, the highest civilian award in the State of South Carolina, presented by Gov. Nikki Haley.
The Tisdales are the proud parents of two grown children: Danica C. Tisdale Fisher, PhD, a graduate of Spelman College and Emory University, Miss Georgia 2004 and Top Ten in the Miss America Scholarship Pageant 2005, currently employed as Program Administrator, Assistant Director & Dean of Admission for Summer Session, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA; and Brandon Keith Tisdale, a graduate of Tennessee State University, and employed as Director of Catering & 金沙登录网, Sodexo Food 服务, Coker College, Hartsville, SC.