My name is Tara Ott. I am originally from Chicago, Illinois. This is my eight year at New Hope Elementary.
I earned my Bachelors in Dance and Elementary Eduation from the University of Iowa, Go Hawks! I taught dance for seven years before heading back into the classroom. Since then, I have completed my Masters degree in Elementary Education and my Specialist degree in Teacher Leadership.
The arts have always been a pivotial part of my life. I believe that children learn best through artistic creation. In my classroom, students create and collaborate on a daily basis, transforming academic content into artistic ideas. Learning is fun, memorable, and challenges students to think in new ways. Teaching creative movement provides students a weekly opportunity to learn through movement. It is my objective to increase academic achievement and empower students to find their voice.
In addition to loving the arts, I am value the relationships I have with students. I believe all children should feel seen, loved, and appreciated. It is my job to not only increase achievement, but leave students feeling confident, motivated, and self-assured.