Independent Educational Consultant
Tara comes to Estrela with 15 years of experience in higher education recruitment, admissions, and program coordination at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Tara began her career in academia at Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. As a result of spending almost a decade traveling throughout the Northeast identifying potential students, she had the opportunity to network with her colleagues and learn about many other colleges and universities.
Tara received a bachelor of science degree in Fashion Merchandising from West Virginia Wesleyan College and a master of education degree in Counselor Education from Penn State University. She is licensed as a K-12 professional school counselor in Pennsylvania and currently works in graduate education at Penn State University.
Tara enjoys working with adolescents during this exciting time in their lives and helping families discover schools that they might not have known about otherwise. She believes that success in college correlates with being at a school that is the right “fit” for a particular individual.
Tara resides in State College, PA with her husband Ron, and daughter, Caroline. Tara has an eclectic taste in music, and in her free time can be found attending concerts ranging in genre from electronic dance music to classic rock, or singing with her church choir.