As the parent of two CBSD students and educator herself, Tabitha has a full understanding of the complexities of school communities. She feels strongly about serving on the school board because our schools are such an integral part of our community. Supporting the strong, healthy, and competent development of our children is not only important to their future, it’s important right now for our community.
In order to do this work with fidelity, Tabitha will listen to parents, students, teachers, and all other members of our community. No matter how much scholarly expertise she has in education, the lived experience of those in our community is the most important data one can collect. She wants to know if our citizens think our district is living up to its stated beliefs. If and how our children, their families, and our schools are experiencing support, a sense of belonging, and a safe and respectful learning environment. Central Bucks School District has an important role in helping our kids be the best they can be and preparing them for a limitless future and Tabitha will help the district fulfill that responsibility.
For the past 16 years, Tabitha has worked as a professor of Education at The College of New Jersey, preparing students to be excellent teachers of content and strong advocates for positive child development. She holds an M.Ed. and Ph.D. from Penn's Graduate School of Education. Tabitha has developed and implemented after-school programs in Philadelphia, was the Dean of a College House at the University of Pennsylvania, and holds a certification to teach Special Education. She has experience with mental health counseling, having previously worked with Contact Rape Care in Burlington County, NJ. Currently, she is a trainer for a program called Youth Mental Health First Aid and has trained many current and future educators on ways to support youth who may be struggling.
Lastly, Tabitha is a big advocate for the arts and has even edited a book on using the arts in teaching; a focus of her own teaching and research. In fact, she has led several after-school programs at Doyle Elementary focusing on performing arts.