Tamara L. Markey

Algebra by 7th Grade Consultant, Minority Engineering Program


Tamara Markey is an innovative, passionate, and dynamic educator. She draws from and applies to her work in education, nearly a decade of real-world experience as an Engineer with Amoco Oil and BP Pipelines. Mrs. Markey is a Woodrow Wilson STEM Teaching Fellow and a certified Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Instructor. She has taught Pre-engineering at McKenzie Center for Innovation and Technology and served as a STEM/PLTW District Coach in the Lawrence Township Metropolitan School District. Tamara is presently working with the Purdue Minority Engineering Program, championing the elementary level math initiative, Algebra by 7th Grade, to address performance gaps in mathematics for underrepresented students and to increase minority interest and program eligibility in STEM majors. 

Tamara is the 2019 Indiana Teacher of the Year, a 2019-2020 Indiana University Armstrong Teacher Educator, a 2018 Lawrence Township Design Excellence Co-Award Winner, and in 2017 received the Engineering Technology Educators of Indiana Program Excellence Award.

She holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and an M.S. in Engineering Technology Education, both from Purdue University.

She has served as an Advisor Lead in her school to support teachers in the areas of guidance and counseling while also identifying and assisting students with their educational pathways, socio-emotional wellness, and life experiences. She founded the MCIT Girls in Technology program, aimed to increase exposure and interest of middle school girls in Engineering and other technology-driven fields. She has served as a member of the Indiana STEM Cadre, addressing the state's STEM certification process and metrics, in addition to serving on the Lawrence Township STEM Coalition Task Force.

Tamara is a devoted wife of thirty years and a proud mother of three children and one Golden Doodle.

Purdue Alumna and 2019 Indiana Teacher of the Year

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