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Tamra is passionate about deviance – the nonconformity required to push past the naysayers to make things happen. She’s even more excited when this involves an individual or group actualizing a potential unique to them.

It’s all about empowering personal agency.

Tamra created the Personalized Education Philosophy, something which has gained interest from a variety of groups, including university students, school district leaders, and education change agents. Tamra’s favorite university class analysis stated that while her ideas “resonated” they were too “radical” to try to pull off all at once.

Which is, of course, something she had already managed to do by co-founding a world-wide private school based on this philosophy. The result: the school – both regionally and internationally accredited –  ranked #5 in best online high schools.

From big projects such as creating schools, to private coaching, Tamra has had a rewarding career helping her “fellow freaks” find their way. Her clients include travelers, artists, athletes, writers, neurodivergents, and – of course – fellow convention and festival enthusiasts.

Interest areas include environmental sustainability; nature and animals; neurodiversity; empathy; the value of creativity; how perception impacts one’s personal reality; and each individual’s right to seek happiness and design a life that is best for him or her.

Ways Tamra Serves:

– Teaching/Mentoring/Consulting

– Instructional design for personalized, mastery-based learning

– Helping others create courses and workshops

– Participating in discussion panels, round-tables, and other think-tank opportunities

– Special projects


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Tamra Excell has been called a catalyst, disruptor, and change agent. Her focus is on building awareness of, and advocating for, empowerment and personal agency. Education has been her primary platform, with neurodiversity and student voice as key focus areas, but she has also served in other capacities such as assisting domestic violence survivors.

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Tamra Excell developed the Personalized Education Philosophy, has created several personalized education programs, and helps others create classes and training programs.

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Tamra Excell advocates for student empowerment and personal agency as nonnegotiable in preparing students for both today and a future we cannot accurately imagine.

In her career, Tamra has participated in reconstructing vocational programs, developing home hospital options, creating and improving charter schools, providing alternative opportunities to at-risk youth, mentoring new homeschooling families, and restoring creativity and relevance to G.A.T.E. and honors programs.

Tamra developed the Personalized Education Philosophy and gathered a team of educators with the passion and skills to create an accredited world-wide school that started off fighting for accreditation and ended up being ranked #5 in top online high schools in the United States.

Tamra’s current focus is on creating workshops for educators and anybody else desiring to learn how to create and nurture personalized learning environments that value neurodiversity, creativity, and personal empowerment.

Tamra is happiest when creating, whether it is creating a new class, an arts & crafts project, or a piece of writing. Her idea of a good time includes attending Shakespeare festivals, Renaissance fairs, and sci-fi/fantasy conventions. She is a prolific reader, enjoys music, and appreciates nature. When living with her youngest daughter, pets included chickens, turtles, a confused duck who thinks she is a dog, and a cat who grudgingly tolerates the duck. Adding a border collie to the mix, the duck is really confused, and the cat is completely fed up.

Tamra has now left “Heather’s Zoo” to reside in Seattle with her partners Kevin and Craig, but old habits die hard and she now has four ferrets.


Learn more about Tamra’s background and what led her to this career path:

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  Tamra’s own personal story – is presented along with Chris Geis’s and other McAuliffe pioneers. Since Tamra’s story included “super powers and monsters”, Mark Guay was inspired to give it a title that had Tamra laughing and asking for her cape.

  Why So Pushy? What really lit the fire: While fighting to keep other people’s kids from falling through the cracks, my own daughter was being dangled over a deep ravine. 

 Tamra’s Work: Learn about Tamra’s current work and projects.

 Media: Selection of writing, interviews, and other media.

Connect with Tamra

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 Follow on Facebook

  • Professional Page – Posts about education reform,  new research and theoretical, neuroscience, empathy, synesthesia, writing, arts, creativity, & empowerment. Due to Facebook changes, most conversations now happen on the personal page. 
  • Personal Page – Some of the above, along with general life posts such as fun at festivals, pictures of critters, and personal connections. It is still a public page, so feel free to follow or add as a friend!


Tamra with her partners Kevin (left) and Craig (right) at FaerieWorlds 2015.

Tamra with her partners Kevin (left) and Craig (right) at FaerieWorlds 2015.







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