Dr. Tara Sparks, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction,
Dr. Tara Sparks is a lifelong Lindbergh educator and a former Missouri State Teacher of the Year. She is the assistant superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, and previously served as principal of Truman Middle school. Under Dr. Sparks’ leadership, in 2015 Truman Middle School became Lindbergh’s sixth school to earn the prestigious National Blue Ribbon School Award. Truman also ranked No. 7 overall on state assessments and No. 5 in math scores among all Missouri 6-8 middle schools in 2015.
Dr. Sparks began her career at Lindbergh in 1998 as a middle school English teacher, and worked in the Curriculum and Instruction Department as director of assessment and student services from 2005 until 2012. In that role, she coordinated curriculum development for middle school, directed the district’s guidance and nursing staff, led district assessment processes, and worked closely with Special School District of St. Louis County. In 2004, she was named Missouri Teacher of the Year, and in 2014, the St. Louis Association of Secondary School Principals named her Exemplary New Middle School Principal.
Dr. Sparks is an adjunct professor at Missouri Baptist University, currently serving on doctoral committees. She has taught education specialist courses in leadership, curriculum and administration, and education masters courses in research.
She earned her Doctor of Educational Leadership and Education Specialist degrees from St. Louis University, her Master of Arts in Teaching from Lindenwood University, and her Bachelor of Science in Education from University of MIssouri-Columbia.
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