To informally introduce myself.....

Hi everyone! The past couple of weeks I have been receiving many emails from people asking me personal questions. I never thought about posting a bio. because I was the first one on the TBA site and to be honest, there was no one to introduce myself to at the time.  I really wasn't trying to be rude. :o)

How do you say your name?
This is the number one personal question I get emailed (I'm being serious). My name is Tamara and it rhymes with Sahara. Hope that helps. Don't worry if you can't remember. My husband didn't get it right our first two dates.

How did you think of TBA?
I wish I had a wonderful elaborate story to tell you about how TBA began, but in reality, it is kind of short and very sweet.

I randomly wrote a post on my blog about being a Blog-a-holic. I had so much response from that post through emails sent to me that I was totally surprised to know I was not alone.

The next day I was getting a haircut and thought of an idea to host a site that all teaching blogs could come together and encourage one another. When I arrived home that night, I contacted the one and only Kristen from Ladybug Teaching Resources. She designed the template and I got the site all set up and published TBA on the Internet two hours later.

The following morning, I already had emails from authors who were interested in joining. The site was in full swing the first 24 hours with several authors posting! In three days, almost all the author positions (85) were filled.

It has been an amazing experience the past two months as I have met the most incredible educators from all over the world. TBA is truly a community with people sharing ideas and supporting one another through the fun and difficult times of teaching. I set up the site but the authors and readers are the ones who get full credit for making TBA what it is today.

I bet you didn't know...
Two months ago, I was most untechnical person in the blogosphere. I had never used twitter, made a blog button, used a follower's gadget, and I still have no clue how to text a message on my cell. phone- for real! It is quite comical how God is using me behind the scenes at TBA because I am being forced to learn a lot asap. There must be truth to "He does not call the equipped but equips the called." I am thankful for the opportunity and still learn more each day about the world of blogging.

Besides working behind the scenes at TBA, who am I?

  • I am a homeschool mom of five children- 4 boys and a girl. My youngest is an infant and my oldest will graduate high school next year. Yes, I am aware this is a big gap and my wrinkles prove that.
  • I love to wear flip-flops and my hair in a ponytail. I live in SW Florida just a few miles from the beach so that is pretty much my standard attire for 10 months of the year.
  • My bachelor’s degree is in elementary education, and my master’s degree is in elementary curriculum.
  • I am a former elementary teacher. I taught 1st, 2nd, 3rd, & 4th grade.
  • I have written two books-Tutoring Your Elementary Child with TLC and Homeschooling with TLC in the Elementary Grades. They are the first how-to-teach books for parents. I have also written several E-books and workshops.
  • I also have a little piece of blog heaven- Teaching with TLC.
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  1. Thank you so much for this experience. This has been the very best investment of time I have made in my professional development because it is supportive, inspirational, collaborative, across subject areas and ONGOING. I am thrilled to be a part of this. I am thrilled to have connected with the most passionate teachers who totally give of themselves day in and day out not matter if they are in the classroom or teaching at home. May God bless you!

  2. You are so sweet Mrs. Coe. I'm blessed to have met you and work with you.

  3. Tamara,

    I don't know if I ever got to say thank you for putting it all together. I am glad your the TBA Queen. :)

    It's about time you got your bio on here. :)

    Ms. M
    Ms.M's Blog
    A Teacher's Plan

  4. I agree with Ms. M and Mrs. Coe! You are amazing!! I loved learning more about you :) Along the lines of Mrs. Coe's comment on professional development...we should be getting credit hours/paid for blogging! :)
    Mrs. Bee
    Bee's KinderGarden

  5. You all are so kind! Thank you

  6. Thank you for creating this blog! Such a wonderful resource! Ditto to all the comments!

    Jamie @ Teaching Little Firsties!


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