About Tamara

 I am a mom.

Raising three children provides endless opportunities for reflection as you discover what works (and what doesn't!) for each of the little personalities you are trying to shape. My parenting stories are sparked by experiences and interactions as my children learn and grow.

For the past 20 years, I have experienced every realm of growth and development in children, from newborn to adulthood. I have seen differences in raising a girl versus a boy, raising an introvert versus an extrovert, and everything in between. It's been an unscripted journey with exponential rewards!

I am an educator.

I began my teaching career in 1997 with Clark County School District in Las Vegas, NV. Since that time, I've educated children, teachers, parents and district leaders through my work with Shelby County Schools in Memphis, TN, Staunton City Schools in Staunton, VA and Hanover County Public Schools in Ashland, VA. My professional experience includes serving as an elementary classroom teacher, a Differentiation Specialist and a technology integrator. I was also named the 2019 Mechanicsville Elementary Teacher of the Year.

I currently hold a masters degree in Educational Leadership with administrative licensure for grades PK-12 that I received from James Madison University in 2006. I present at local, state, and international conferences to include EdTechRVA, Virginia Society for Technology in Education (VSTE) Conference and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference.

I am passionate about student choice and voice and will often share stories of my lessons to inspire educators or perhaps strike a conversation that will engage others to delve deeper into the topic at hand. Being an educator to other parents' children is tightly woven into my own parenting style.

I am a writer.

In 2012, I created my first blog, sharing my journey of completing 40 random acts of kindness for others in celebration of my 40th birthday. After presenting an Ignite session at the 2014 ISTE Conference in Atlanta, GA, I expanded my passion for writing to include various publications with organizations such as ISTE, Tech4Learning, and Christian Educations Association International. My repertoire now includes book collaborations, web posts, magazine articles, screencasts, webinars, digital learning guides and more. I am currently writing a book about kindness to be published later in the year by Dave Burgess Consulting, Inc.

To see a list of my current publications, please visit the Publications tab shown above.