Tara Lyn Skinner – Grade 4

Tara Lyn Skinner


I have wanted to be a teacher as far back as I can remember. One of my most vivid childhood memories was running a pretend classroom with my little brother when I was in the fourth grade. I was the school marm and he was my pupil. Throughout my childhood and into my high school and college years, that desire never wavered. I ended up attending Longwood College (now University) in Farmville, Virginia where I earned a degree in Sociology and Education. I also earned a certification in grades NK-8 and I hold this certification in both Virginia and North Carolina.

After graduating from Longwood in 1996, I joined the faculty at Windsor Oaks Elementary in Virginia Beach, the same school where I had the privilege of doing my student teaching. I taught Kindergarten there for a year before getting married and moving to Dallas, Texas. While in Dallas I taught Kindergarten at George W. Truett Elementary for three years before making the decision to stay at home with my first child. I ended up staying at home with my three children for the next decade until all were in school full time. After that I returned to the classroom–again for just one year at Windsor Oaks Elementary School–where I taught 4th grade.

In 2010 my family moved to North Carolina where I spent four years teaching 6th grade at Grantham Middle School, and two years teaching 4th grade at Wayne Country Day School. That brings us to the current day. I am so grateful to have landed at a place as wonderful as Roycemore and I’m thankful for the opportunity to serve such wonderful students and families.


  • B.S. (Sociology & Education) Longwood College
  • Certification (Teaching Elementary Reading) Texas A&M

Favorite Quote

“Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

Why do you teach? What is the impact you hope to make on students?

Making learning fun and engaging has always been my passion. I truly believe that every child can learn and I hope to provide an atmosphere that will give children the confidence to grow and succeed. A key part of what I hope to do in every classroom is inspire children to believe in themselves.

Why Roycemore?

Roycemore is 100% supportive of its faculty and its families at the same time. In my experience teaching in public and private schools in four different states, this is truly rare. It is difficult to find an institution that provides such quality education while taking seriously each child’s individual needs. Roycemore is truly unique and I am so grateful to be a part of this vibrant school family.