Tara is an award-winning educator, author, and speaker. Her 25 year professional journey has taken her from rural Florida to gang territory in California and to one of the largest high schools in Tennessee with over 38 countries represented. She has worked closely with at-risk teens, many who were entrenched in the gang lifestyle, and helped empower them with leadership and life skills and reshape their view of the future. Tara has been the recipient of the "Pioneer Award" and "Teacher of the Year Award." Tara is recognized as an expert in connecting with youth and building strong relationships with students and staff. Her passion and humor continues to drive her work with teachers and administrators around the world to better equip them with the ability to connect with their students and create a more positive learning environment within the classroom.