Tamara Marie Thompson, MAE, alumna of Antioch University Santa Barbara, has been a leader and advocate in the field of early childhood education for the past three decades. As a former California Early Childhood Mentor Teacher, Tamara incorporates holistic and multi-disciplinary approaches to both teaching and professional development. With a generous spirit of sharing and collaboration, Tamara has learned from as well as inspired and mentored many professional colleagues and associates throughout her career. A qualified trainer through The Nonviolence in the Lives of Children Project as well as The CA Teaching Pyramid, Tamara publicly advocates for awareness on topics related to social justice, cultural understanding and individual and community-scale healing.
Honored with the Terri Lynne Lockoff National Childcare Teaching Award in 2007, Tamara’s core teaching philosophies are rooted in environmental consciousness, reflective teaching practices and cultivating communities of caring. Tamara is the Preschool Program Coordinator at the Orfalea Family Children’s Center, University of California, Santa Barbara.
Tamara resides on a family farm outside of Carpinteria, CA, with four generations of family, including her toddler grandson and niece. The farm operates in a framework of principles based on permaculture practices, and like Tamara’s professional endeavors, seeks to build healthy, vibrant and lasting relationships and communities.