About this Speaker
Tara is an international, award-winning educator, who has helped several schools nationally and internationally with launching and sustaining effective 1:1 programs over the course of the last decade. In 2016, she received the 21st Century Learning Award for Innovation in Educational Coaching. She holds a B.A. in Mass Communications from the University of South Florida, and an M.S. in the Science of Instruction from Drexel University. She also holds a certification as an Instructional Technology Specialist. Since the start of her career in Education, Tara has played an active role in many professional communities. In 2017, she served as the ISTE Global Collaboration PLN President, where she led an organizational pivot to focus on SDGs in Education. She is currently an active leader of both the ISTE Global Collaboration PLN and the Computer Science PLN. In addition to her work in the PLN teams, Tara is also an ISTE Certified Educator.
Her understanding of how technology fits in education is vast. Tara holds credentials as an ASCD Emerging Leader, Raspberry Pi Certified Educator, Seesaw Ambassador, and a Google for Education Educator, Innovator, Trainer, and Mentor. She has had the privilege to speak at over 100 conferences in 10 different countries and online, impacting the work of thousands of educators all around the world. In 2018, Tara authored and published the book, Code Equity: Keying Girls into Coding, as a guide for educators looking to make a more equitable learning environment for their students, particularly in the teaching of computer science topics. Her overall mission is to create a culture of equitable learning conditions for learners of all ages.