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Tara Lyn Skinner – Grade 4

Tara Lyn Skinner

Biography

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

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

In 2010, their family moved to North Carolina where she 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. She is so grateful to have landed at a place as wonderful as Roycemore and she is thankful for the opportunity to serve such wonderful students and families.

Education

  • 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.