Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, State University of New York, New Paltz, 1986. Master of Science in Special Education, State University of New York, New Paltz, 1989. Postgraduate, State University of New York, New Paltz, 1991.
Teacher special education Sullivan Diagnostic Treatment Center, Harris, New York, 1986-1989. Director Head Start, Kingston, 1989-1991, education coordinator Manchester, New Hampshire, 1994-1995. Preschool special education consultant Nashua (New Hampshire) School District, 1995-1998.
Freelance artist, writer Nashua, since 1998. Principal, owner Tara's Education & Art for the Soul, New Hampshire, since 2000. Executive director, special education teacher Happenings Art Program, 2005—2008.
Consultant, speaker, member New Hampshire Department Education Interagy. Forum, Concord, New Hampshire, 1994-1998. Member ADaPT, Concord, 1995-1998.
Adjunct faculty special education subjects Notre Dame College, Manchester, New Hampshire, 1994-1995, vice chair New Hampshire State Rehabilitation Council, Concord, 2007-2010.
Member New Hampshire Department Education Homeless Commission, 1995-1996, Area Agy-Interagy. Commission, 1995-1998. Member of Nashua History Society, New Hampshire History Society, Society Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, New Hampshire's Own, Nashua Area Artists Association.
Children: Errol, Michael, Jacob. Married Dean Michael Shalhoup, May 25, 2002.