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

I have written my philosophy of education many times, but it should be noted this is a new year and a new document that expresses where my thought process is today. If I ever come to the belief I have mastered everything or reached the absolute pinnacle of teaching…well, to be frank, I should stop. Working with students means I can never do enough, know my subject enough, guide enough, foster independence enough…there is always more to do. Students deserve more! I want students to love literature: to love fiction for the suspension of one’s belief, to love poetry for its music, to love grammar for its style, and to love nonfiction for the language that explains math and science. I am growing and learning with my students every year I am in the classroom, 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.” To that end, I work to model a professional and personal commitment to life learning, I am honored to go on this academic adventure with each of you.

As ever, always looking forward, 



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 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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