Tara Popp

Hello! My name is Tara Popp.

The Worker

I'm a youth technology lab lead (YTL Lead) in a middle school and teen facility from October 2008 to May 2012, and in an elementary school-aged care facility since May 2012. I've worked with children and youth since 2003 -- first as a substitute teacher, then as a preschool caregiver, and now as a YTL Lead.

In terms of technology, I've been an avid user of the Internet since 1997, made webpages since 1999, and owned domains since 2001. I have advanced knowledge of HTML, XHTML, CSS, and basic knowledge of PHP and MySQL, and I am skilled with Adobe PhotoShop and Jasc Paint Shop Pro. Lastly, I am an advanced user of Microsoft Office products.

The Hobbyist

When I am not immersed with the Internet, I also have interests in:

  • Animes and mangas
  • Baking and cooking
  • Internet culture
  • Knitting
  • Korean and Japanese language and culture
  • Online fandom culture
  • Piano
  • Photography
  • Reading and writing
  • Social media and networking
  • Technology
  • Video games

The Learner

Michigan State University

2011 - 2014
  • Awarded the Master of Arts in Youth Development in May 2014, with a focus on Youth and Technology.
  • Joined Kappa Omicron Nu in April 2014.

University of Maryland University College

2003 - 2007
  • Awarded the Bachelor of Arts in English as Cum Laude in December 2007, with a focus on Romantic and Modern literature and poetry.
  • Joined Phi Kappa Phi in March 2007 as a lifetime member.

The Communicator

I run a food-related blog called Tastebook Reviews where I post my cafe, restaurant, and kitchen adventures.

I have another blog called The Potpourri where I post about my personal adventures with child and youth development.

Along with the blogs, if you'd like to contact me, please use any any of the following methods:

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