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Tara Warmerdam

Subject Expertise: Reading and Literacy, English Language Arts, Creative Writing
Education: MS in Reading and Literacy Education from CSU Fullerton; MA and BA in English from UC Davis; Professional Clear Teaching Credential from Fresno Pacific University
Hometown: Hanford, CA
Home Church: St. Peter's Catholic Church, Lemoore, CA

I am passionate about reading and writing, and this is central to my work as an educator. Whether I am discussing a book with a group of 12th grade seniors, teaching curriculum theory with teacher credential students, or assisting veteran teachers with implementing core standards and reading intervention strategies, my students are always the focus of my teaching. I value a positive, energetic, and creative learning space where professionals can work together to improve their practice and help their students become lifelong readers and writers!  My goals for my online professional development courses are to provide relevant, timely, and engaging material that teachers can bring back into their classrooms. Learning is a lifelong journey for teachers and students - come learn with me and celebrate reading!

Professional Experience: Teacher, Reading and Literacy Speciality, writing consultant, business owner

Scholarly Interests: Literacy, reading instruction, professional development, and poetry

Recommended Reading: Nancie Atwell, Donalyn Miller, Penny Kittle, Kylene Beers

Favorite Bible Verse: 1 Corinthians 13:13 ~ "And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."; Matthew 11:28-30 ~ Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”; John 3:16 ~ "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."

Favorite Activities: Reading, travel, gardening and yoga

Family Info: Married, four children

What I Like About FPU: Strong community and commitment to students.