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7/8: Tara Dolezal

English Department Head
Tara Dolezal graduated from Progressive before there was a middle school, and she has now returned to head its English department. A graduate of NYU, Tara originally planned to major in psychology, and was only one course shy of a degree in that field.   She followed her heart, however, and decided to switch to English.  After studying under internationally acclaimed poets, authors, and editors, and being accepted into the Master Fiction Class taught by Orange Prize winner Zadie Smith, author of White Teeth, Tara graduated early with a degree in English and American Literature and Creative Writing.

Tara has been a lifelong vegetarian, meditator, and yoga practitioner, and recently completed a month-long intensive study of meditation, yoga, and philosophy in California. She loves running, creative writing, and reading; she reads more than 100 books a year! She loves animals, and has spent time volunteering at animal shelters.

Tara tries to share her own enthusiasm for literature with her students as she encourages them to develop their own love of reading and writing.

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