Tamara is passionate about helping educators improve their craft to ultimately enhance student learning, understanding and promoting research-based instructional strategies, and developing teams. She strives to promote excellence in each of these areas as Michigan Virtual‘s Executive Director of Professional Learning Services. Tamara brings a broad experience base to her role, having served educators at the local school district, intermediate school district and state levels. Tamara earned a master’s degree in the art of teaching at Aquinas College and currently serves as a board member of Michigan ASCD. Outside of her professional role, Tamara can often be found enjoying her daughter’s equestrian exploits, serving as the lead groom, trailer hauler, and show mom and pampering their Arabian horse, JR Cappucino.