My name is Tara Sells. I was born in San Francisco, California and lived there until I was 10 years old. My family decided that California was getting too crowded and we moved to Idaho. I remained there throughout high school and went to college at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande, Oregon where I played volleyball and received a bachelor’s degree in Multidisciplinary Studies (Elementary Education) with a minor in Physical Education. After graduating, I got a job teaching Kindergarten and taught that for 3 years. The next year I changed grade levels and taught First Grade and continue to do so. I have worked at the same elementary school my entire teaching career (11 years) and I really enjoy it. I live and teach in a small town in Idaho. I am a wife and mother of three children who are 5, 3, and 1. We live on the family farm where my husband and father-in-law farm together. My life is busy to say the least.
I like to spend time with my family and friends. I am a big sports fan and love to watch and play various sports. My favorite sports to watch on t.v. are football and basketball, but also enjoy baseball and golf. As I stated above, I played collegiate volleyball, but really haven’t played competitively since. I coached volleyball and track before having my kids and would like to return to coaching when my kids get older. I like to camp, hunt, and fish. I also like to play games (any type really).
I am “comfortable” with technology and was searching for a way to integrate more technology into my classroom. That’s when I came across the opportunity to get a master’s degree in Educational Technology through Boise State. I am excited to learn more about technology integration, but also a little nervous because just the little work that I have done so far has all been new to me. I felt a lot more “comfortable’ before starting these courses, however, I hope to catch on quickly. I am optimistically hopeful that I can manage my time between classes, family, my career, and just life to be able to learn as much as I can and successfully earn my master’s.