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Tara Spencer

MA, African American Studies, Columbia University
BA, History, Princeton University

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As an educator and administrator for over 15 years, I have worked with students from all walks of life and from all over the world. I earned my B.A. from Princeton University and an M.A. from Columbia University. For six years, I served as an Advising Dean in Student Affairs at Columbia University, where I sat on several University committees including Admissions, Pre-Medical School Advising, and the Committee on Academic Standing. I helped develop co-curricular programming and research opportunities that engaged interdisciplinary scholarship, community-based learning, and collaborative international projects.

I have also advised students with their academic courses and aspirations in addition to coaching them in their applications to professional school as well as major international fellowship processes like the Rhodes and Fulbright. During my tenure at Columbia University, I also worked on several collaborative research projects affiliated with the Oral History Institute, the Institute for Research in African American Studies, and Columbia University Teachers College. More recently, I have taught and developed curriculum for honors level social studies courses for local schools and national educational programs.

I bring a multidisciplinary approach to create inspired, interactive student experiences focusing on deep understanding and practical application. I have developed an educational and advising philosophy focusing on the complete individual and creating informed, engaged citizens who are lifelong learners, self-examining individuals, and active contributors to their communities. I have implemented this philosophy as a management style in the classroom and while coaching athletic teams – helping young people understand how the nature of team dynamics, work ethic, and personal growth extend beyond the confines of a school structure. In my free time, I enjoy writing YA literature, PlayStation gaming with my nephew, coaching basketball, and playing with my Siberian Husky.