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Tara Bordeaux


Award-winning creative content producer and educator dedicated to fostering future generations of media-savvy civic leaders focused on improving their communities and the world around them.  ​

Experience: Text

August 2009 - May 2012

BFA University of Texas at Arlington

BFA in Fine Arts with a hybrid concentration in Photography and Television/Film Production. Photography featured in multiple galleries. Magna Cum Laude.

January 2018 - December 2019

M.Ed University of Texas at Arlington

M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction. Featured in multiple press releases. Work featured in multiple press releases and marketing campaigns.

June 2020

PhD Candidate Lamar University

Accepted as a Ed. D candidate in Educational Leadership -  Educational Technology Innovation. 



Teaching Experience

The following is an outline of my current and past experience in Education. Each role has provided an opportunity to learn, grow, and continue developing both as a person and a professional. Take a look to learn more.

Experience: Experience

Austin ISD


Navarro Early College High School P-TECH (Formerly Lanier Early College High School)

Director of Cinema & Media Arts | Viking Visual Studio Productions | Grades: 9-12 

Subjects: Audio Video Production I-IV, Commercial Photography I&II, Digital Design & Media Production, Digital Arts & Animation, Digital Interactive Media



Trades and Industrial Education - Grades (8-12) Media Technology


AVID Media Composer Certified Instructor. 7,8, and Interplay


Train the Trainer PD Instruction, Photoshop CC ACA, Premiere Pro ACA


Apple Teacher
Mac, Ipad
Swift Playgrounds

Professional Memberships

Education Austin (EA) | National Education Association (NEA) | Texas State Teachers Association (TSTA) |

American Federation of Teachers (AFT) | Texas American Federation of Teachers (TAFT) | American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) | Texas Industrial Vocation Association (TIVA) |

Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) | National Network of State Teachers of the Year (NNSTOY) |

Audio, Video, Arts, and Communication Association (AVACA)


Educational Leadership

Wide range of Teacher-Leader Roles and Professional Responsibilities 

Apple CEI Ambassador - Work with Apple CEI to bring new innovative techniques and lessons to campus and district levels
Adobe Creative Educator - Certified Level 1 ACE, currently working on Level 2
Apple Community Education Initiative Teacher - Participant in yearlong creativity and coding initiative with Apple, Lamar and Austin Community College to implement coding in schools
P-TECH Workplace Learning Curriculum Coordinator - Provide workplace learning  curriculum and activities to teachers and WPL opportunities for students
Mayor's Task Force on Institutional Racism & Systemic Inequities - In collaboration with IBM, provide input through Design Thinking workshops to prioritize recommendations for the city

Pearson edTPA CTE Design Team – Collaborate with educator professionals across the nation to develop the CTE Teacher Preparation Handbook for Pearson and Stanford University
"Teacher-Researcher" Consultant – provide best practices on implementing 21st-century skills and social-emotional learning into teaching practice for the Center for Curriculum Redesign
Facebook Digital Marketing Pilot Teacher - work through the Facebook Blueprint to test content on Facebook Marketing Solutions and digital marketing certifications for students

Teach Plus Fellow – Chosen for a highly selective fellowship of 30 teachers from the state for demonstration of leadership skills and classroom effectiveness. Co-author of the policy paper, "The Mental Health Equation," that informed and aided in passing the mental health bill HB18. Advocated for improved teacher preparation, mentoring, and professional development at the Texas Legislature, op-ed writing, and meetings with legislators/legislative staff that influenced HB3 funding priorities

Texas Teacher of the Year Selection Panel (TASA) - Responsible for helping to select the 2019 Texas Teachers of the Year and speaking at the state luncheon
Austin ISD – District Teacher of the Year Selection Committee - Select AISD District TOYs
Austin Ed Fund Teacher Ambassador - Represent innovative teachers across Austin ISD 

President – Texas Audio Video, Arts, & Communication Association (AVACA) - Provide service and direction to teachers and other school leaders across the state in A/V Production and associated technology. Plan and coordinate two annual state conferences

Global Ambassador – Rock Your World (Creative Visions) - Support creative activists, teachers, and students to use the power of media and the arts to create positive change in the world
Board Member – Diversity Advisory Board - Comprised of students, staff, parents, and community members to support, protect and promote the power of diversity on and off-campus
Superintendent Teacher Advisory Roundtable (STAR) – Member of 25 teacher committee selected by Superintendent to provide feedback and input on district initiatives

AISD Instructional Materials Adoption Committee - Chair: Arts, A/V, Communication - Lead team in reviewing, selecting, and recommending instructional materials for Austin ISD.
TEA Proclamation Review Panel - State Board of Education, Arts, AV & Communication.- Review and select textbook and resource materials for use in 2017 state-approved courses
CTE Curriculum Writing Committee – develop curriculum for district Arts/AV teachers
Region XIII Mentor – assist new teachers during their first few years

Ableton Push Initiative Educator - Collaborate to empower creative expression in young people through music education and electronic music production with Ableton Live
Beats By Girlz - Empower young women with music technology to develop their skills in music production, composition, and engineering.
PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs Instructor - Mentor students and journalism teachers through media broadcast experiences to bridge the gap between campus and community. Student work showcased locally and nationally
Freedom Writers Teacher – Promote literacy by engaging, enlightening, and empowering student voice through personal narratives and writing initiatives

P-Tech Planning Committee - Plan Scope & Sequence with IBM and ACC for 6 Year AA in CS
Instructional Tech Committee - help facilitate campus-wide tech initiatives for students and teachers
Maker Space Committee – help recommend decisions for after school tech programs. Plan and implement new maker-space concepts

GLSEN Educator - Work to end discrimination, harassment, and bullying based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in K-12 schools
GSA Sponsor – Sponsor student-led GSA to raise campus awareness for LGBTQ+
My Brother’s Keeper Mentor – mentor at-risk freshmen to stay in school



Awards & Recognitions

2020 - 2021

2019 - 2020

2018 - 2019

Teams Award: Teacher Who Motivates Students To Do Their Best (Student Vote)

Teacher Who Lifts Students Spirits (Student Vote)

NEA Foundation – California Casualty Excellence in Education Award
Recipient of around $7000 worth of various donations - Grants/Equipment/Software+
Austin Ed Fund Innovation Grant Recipient / ($10000) – Cinemath
Most Unique Teacher - (Student vote)

2017 - 2018

TSTA – Erma Lee Boice Instructional Advocacy Award
HEB Excellence in Education State Semi-Finalist

2018 National Teacher of the Year Nominee
2018 Texas Teacher of the Year
2018 Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year

Austin ISD Career Technology Education Teacher of the Year
Teacher That Gives Their All For Students - (Student vote)

2016 - 2017

Region XIII Secondary Teacher of the Year – Region XIII
District Secondary Teacher of the Year – Austin Independent School District
District High School Teacher of the Year – Austin Independent School District
Campus Teacher of the Year – Lanier High School
Ring Master Award – Teacher That Inspires & Motivates Other Teachers – (Student vote)
Gymnastic Award – Teacher That Inspires Student Voice – (Student vote)

2015 - 2016

Recipient of around $50,000 worth of various donations – Grants/Equipment/Software+
Austin Ed Fund Innovation Grant Recipient / ($9000) – The Lost & Sound Room
Rugby Award – Female Tech Teacher of the Year – (Student vote)

2014 - 2015

Teacher of the Month – Lanier High School

2013 - 2014 

Best Person Award – Freedom Writers Foundation
Most Innovative Teacher – (Student vote)
Most Passion for the Subject – (Student vote)
Most Inspiring Teacher – (Student vote)

Experience: Schedule

Special Events


Presenter for multiple conferences: TIVA, UIL, SXSWedu, Austin Ed Fund,


Speaking Engagements*

Keynote / Guest Speaker / Panelist for over 15+ engagements.


The Ride, short story featured internationally in (Get In Trouble!)

Op-eds, Education Forums, Blogs, E-zines, Policy Papers


Featured in multiple news sources. Televised, on-line, podcasts, radio, and print.

*Detailed lists available on request

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