Tara is very kind and caring, she was always there to help each and every student, whether it was school related or not. She was like a mother to all of us; we were more than just students to her and she was definitely more than just a teacher to us. She always made sure we were doing well in the classroom but more than that she helped us excel in all areas of our lives.
Tara is an extremely trustworthy person; she never left a promise unfulfilled. She always came through; I can’t remember a single time I was ever left to wonder if she would actually be there when I needed her.
Tara helped mold me into the person I am today, she taught me so much in and out of the classroom. I am thankful everyday that I was privileged enough to have her in my life, as a teacher, and role model. I wish everyone could be as fortunate as I was and I know she will continue to impact the lives of many children the way she did mine.
Tara is extremely personable, patient, highly organized, and pays attention to details. Tara has a wonderful rapport with people of all ages whether it is with the students, her fellow teachers or the parents of the students. She will make difficult decisions in a timely manner. She is a thoughtful, problem solver. She is reliable, dedicated and has excellent communication skill. I feel confident in saying that she is capable of handling any situation with thoughtfulness and maturity. Tara’s colleagues and students also commend Tara hardworking and helpful manner. During my children’s years at Springbank High, Tara and I have become friends through the countless hours of extra-curricular school activities that she has been involved with.
All these qualities make Tara a great educator and a natural leader. This is a rare combination. I would not hesitate in placing my child in a Spanish preschool that was managed by Tara. Having Tara as your child’s first educator would be an outstanding decision.
I met Tara during my student-teacher practicum at Springbank High School, during which I was mentored and supported in my studies and experience. She not only provided me with the expected duties, but also walked me through my mistakes, and made me feel like a respected and valued addition to her class.
Tara’s teaching style is engaging, interactive, and respectful. After getting to know her students during my field-experience, it quickly became apparent that Tara was their favourite teacher. I believe this speaks volumes about her character. She is respectful, hard-working and trusting. The amazing relationships she developed with her students were built on the feeling that they could trust her and that she cared about them.
During my time with Tara, I learned that she was a teacher with passion, integrity, and self-discipline and that she had the same high expectations from me. I have learned so much from her as she was always willing to take the time to discuss my growing teaching practices as well as her own. Tara has also always been incredibly reliable, even after my field-experience was completed. At the end of my 2013 practicum with her, she promised me she would be there to help me along my path to being a teacher and has followed through completely, always offering help and support. We are still friends to this day.
I do not hesitate in recommending that Tara Ong-Padilla is a hard-working, trusting and reliable person. I strongly believe she will be successful in opening and managing a bilingual preschool.