Tara Tidwell



Degrees and Certifications:

2016. Ed. S., Jacksonville State University. Educational Specialist with concentration: Teacher Leader. 2013. University of Alabama Birmingham. Graduate level studies, EH 693 Special Topics – Returning Fellow and Teacher Consultant for the Red Mountain Writing Project Summer Institute. 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 that allowed teachers to study abroad. Preparation for British literature. 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 Junior College.

Tara Tidwell

I believe that learning is a continuous process. I want my students (my children from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.) to find their own paths and their own voices. My philosophy is as follows: I want authentic learners, so I have to be an authentic teacher. My beliefs are embedded in my teaching style. My pursuit of life learning guides my professional and personal philosophy that we are unique, creative, and curious learners who are always engaged in trying to figure out–everything. Learning is my interest, my hobby, my goal, and the theme of my biography. Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Always looking forward     :-)  



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

2006-2012. Ramsay High (Birmingham City). AP Literature and Composition, 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 listed my most recent 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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