Tara was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She fell in love with teaching while working as a swim instructor throughout high school and college. Tara strives to create a classroom where all students feel safe, loved, and capable of meeting high expectations. She spent the beginning years of her career teaching first and second grade in a Title I school for Albuquerque Public Schools. Tara then taught internationally in Guatemala City, Guatemala for three years as a first and third grade teacher, as well as a science curriculum liaison. She is passionate about creating more equity in education, and is excited to spark a love for learning and advocacy within her students. Tara received her B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of New Mexico and her M.A. in Teacher Leadership from National University.