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In this issue of news & updates, Tara Carino, one of the teachers from The Eden School sits down with us for our reoccurring profile of Eden staff members 10 QUESTIONS WITH. We hope you enjoy getting to know Tara a bit through this column.

Tara has been with Eden since 2013. She began her career at Eden working in the school’s Middle classroom and is now a teacher in The Eden School’s High School 1 class.


n&u – What’s your biggest goal you have for your students this year?

Tara – To match them up with vocational skills that they can develop into a job skill. In our high school class, we start to get them ready for graduation and see if there might be certain interests they have that might be a good match for things later in life.

n&u – Tell us something that your co-workers or Eden parents may not know about you.

Tara – I was adopted from Korea when I was six years old into an incredibly loving Italian family. I’m pretty sure that’s where I get some of my best characteristics including being straightforward and telling it like it is.


n&u – How would your friends describe you?

Tara – My closest friends would probably describe me as unfiltered and giving. I call things the way I see them and I go with my gut instincts. I also love to give to those in need. I was adopted at a late age as a child and from that experience, I feel as if I was given a huge opportunity in life. I beat the odds and because of that, I always feel the need to give back and help out wherever and whenever I can.

n&u – What’s the most surprising thing you learned about yourself since you started working at Eden?

Tara – The amount of patience I actually possess. As a teacher, you always want your students to achieve and learn from what you are trying to teach. I’ve learned that sometimes you have to give things a little extra time and perhaps even learn alternate ways to explain them.

n&u – What childhood activity do you wish you could still do now?

Tara – Definitely gymnastics! Sure, I can still do some of the easier moves like a cartwheel but I miss getting on all the equipment and doing some of the tougher moves. Returning to that would be so much fun!


n&u – If you could time travel, would you go to the past or the future?

Tara – That’s easy; I would go back into the past when I was eight years old. It was such an easy time then and it’s when I have some of my fondest memories of being surrounded by my entire family including those that are no longer with us.

n&u – What has been the most rewarding part of your job so far?

Tara – Seeing the improvements in the programs here at Eden and seeing the accomplishments of our students. Even watching as they achieve some of the tiniest of goals like putting something away in the correct spot or handing something to me can be a big deal.

n&u – Where do you most want to travel to but have never been?

Tara – I have traveled a good deal, but I have always wanted to return to Korea with my daughter for a visit. One of the most rewarding things for me is to watch her grow up. I would love to take her to Korea to experience her heritage.

n&u – If you could bring one fictional character to life, who would it be and why?

Tara – Don’t laugh … but Pippy Longstocking. My daughter is one amazing kid. She is driven and hardworking. She needs a whimsical type of person or character in her life to let her unwind a little. From what I remember of the character Pippy Longstocking, she would be perfect for just that.

n&u – If you could have one superpower, what would it be and how would you use it?

Tara – I would choose kindness as a superpower! I feel like society has become a little colder. I would love to have a magical power to spread more empathy in this world.