Tara received a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education and a Master of Education degree in educational leadership from Mississippi College. Tara began her teaching career in 1993 as a third grade teacher at Northside Elementary School in Pearl. In the years following, she served as assistant principal, principal, and after-school director at both Northside and Pearl Lower Elementary. She joined the FPDS faculty in 2018 after most recently teaching and serving as preschool dean at a local private school. Tara and her husband, Allen, live in Flowood and have one son, Ford, and one daughter, Cloe. They are members of First Baptist Church Jackson.