TARA B. BLACKSHEAR

  Health & Physical Activity Advocate

Current & Previous Employers

  • Towson University
  • International School Bangkok
  • Cairo American College
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Wake County Public Schools
  • Exploris Charter Middle School
  • Fayette County Public Schools
  • Atlanta Public Schools
  • DeKalb County Public Schools

Service

  • Pretty Girls Sweat - Faculty Advisor
  • Healthy, Active, Balanced Lives Committee 2014-2015
  • Life Skills for Girls 2014 - present
  • Student Council Advisor 2014 - 2016
  • Sabbatical Committee CAC - 2010
  • Boys & Girls Club Mentor 2007 - 2012
  • Fitness Classes for Faculty  Wellness 1996 - 2016
  • Student Helpline 2015 - 2016

Research Interests

  • Health & Physical Activity Promotion
  • ​Health disparities; Physical Activity interventions
  • ​Socio-cultural Issues in Education

Complete Vitae available upon request.

Professional Development

  • IB Sports, Exercise & Health Science Workshop - Category 1
  • IB Sports, Exercise & Health Science Examiner 
  • ​Understanding by Design - Jay McTighe
  • Embedded Formative Assessment - Dylan William
  • Inclusion & Organizational Intelligence - Bill & Ochan Powell
  • The Athletic Coaches Classroom - Mike Rutherford
  • Neuroscience and the Learner - Graeme Scott
  • American College of Sports Medicine Personal Training
  • American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Course


Teaching Licenses Held

  • Maryland - current
  • Thailand
  • North Carolina
  • Kentucky 
  • ​Georgia

Certifications

  • American College of Sports Medicine Personal Training ​

  • International Counseling ​ - Lehigh University

  • American Red Cross First Aid & CPR

Professional Organizations

  • International Baccalaureate
  • Shape America - Society of Health and Physical Educators
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • American Red Cross


Select Presentations & Workshops


Blackshear, T.B. (2017, October) False Sense of Fitness: Maryland Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, & Dance. Baltimore, Maryland.


Blackshear, T. B. (2017, September) Invited panelist to discuss African American women’s health. Partnership for Healthier America. Washington, DC.

Blackshear, T. B. (2017, July) False Sense of Fitness: Data-driven International Physical Education Fitness Standards: SHAPE America Regional Conference. Albuquerque, NM. 


Blackshear, T. B.(2016, October) Data Driven International Fitness Standards: Are we doing enough for US students? presented at the College of Health Professions Global & International Initiatives in Health Forum. Towson, Maryland.

Blackshear, T. B. (2015, April). Creative Ideas that Keep Kids Active - Interactive presentation on alternative fitness activities beyond the traditional physical education fitness curriculum presented at Educational Collaborative for International Schools Physical Education Conference, Munich, Germany


Blackshear, T.B. (2013, June) Going Global - Citizens of the World – Invited guest to present and discuss experiences living and working abroad presented at the Torch of Wisdom Foundation, Southfield, Michigan.