About the Teacher



Degrees and Certifications:

2016. Ed. S., Jacksonville State University. Educational Specialist with concentration: Teacher Leader. 2012-2013. University of California Riverside. (UCR), Graduate level studies culminating in receipt of Teaching of Advanced Placement Certification. 2005. Oxford University, UK. Graduate level studies through The University of Alabama: Oxford University Program at Wadham College, Oxford UK. Course title: British Literature in its Landscape [summer 2005]. Pilot participant in Alabama Teachers at Oxford, a program sponsored by The University of Alabama allowing teachers to study abroad. 1997. M.S., Jacksonville State University. Comprehensive major: Secondary Education: Language Arts. 1986. B.S., The University of Alabama. Comprehensive major: Secondary Language Arts. Minor: Chemistry (Mallet percussion section leader, Million Dollar Band, 1985). 1983. Jefferson State Community College. 1981-1983. Snead State Community College.

Ms. Tara Tidwell

My philosophy of education is rooted in the belief that "life learning" means fostering a love of learning in others only works when truly being a curious, engaged seeker/learner. Working with my scholars means I can never do enough, know my subject enough, guide enough, foster independence enough…there is always more, more, more! I grow and learn with my students every (EVERY) year, and I have high expectations for my students and myself. In “Self-Reliance” Emerson said, “Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of our own mind. Absolve you to yourself, and you shall have the suffrage of the world.” I will always look forward and find awe and joy in all that we discover together!

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2013-present. Moody High (St. Clair County). AP Language and Composition 11, English 10, and Honors English 10.

2006-2012. Ramsay High (Birmingham City). AP Literature and Composition 12, Honors 12, Honors 9, mythology, High Hopes Tutor, AHSGE Tutor, and Golden Pen sponsor.

1995-2006. Huffman High (Birmingham City). 9th-12th English: modified, honors, and AP, creative writing, speech, debate assistant coach, percussion coach, and Interact/Rotary sponsor.                  

Note: I have been teaching since the late 1980s :-) For brevity's sake, I have listed my public high school experiences.  In addition to the above, I once was a middle school Reading/Language Arts teacher, and--a long time ago--I taught 7th–12th English at a state lock-up facility for court-committed adolescents.


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