Tara Heikila is a doctoral candidate in the Math and Science Education Program. After 18 years in the middle school mathematics classroom, Tara decided to continue her pursuit for all students to have equitable access to advanced mathematics at WSU. As a first generation student, Tara understands many of the obstacles that can track students, stunting their true potential. Her passion for learning outside the textbook encourages her students to explore mathematics learning with a new lens. Tara holds a M.S. and a B.A. in Education from Western Oregon University.
Outside of academia, Tara enjoys playing tennis, watching her kids rock out in their band and sports, and cheering for her Las Vegas Raiders.