Phone: 803-981-1260


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Science Early Childhood EducationMasters of Technology in EducationNational Board CertifiedGifted and Talented Endorsed

Ms. Tara Blackwell

Hello! My name is Tara Blackwell. I have been at Sunset Park since 2004. I graduated from Rock Hill High School in 2000 and attended Winthrop University. I received a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education. I went on to earn a Masters Degree in Technology in Educataion and I became National Board Certified. Shortly after beginning my teaching career, I also received endorsement in Gifted and Talented Education.

I began my teaching career in first grade at Sunset Park. I taught first grade for two years. I then moved to Kindergarten and taught nine years. I have loved every minute of being in the classroom. In 2016, I took a leap of faith and stepped out of the classroom to work as an Instructional Coach for our Gifted and Talented program at Sunset Park. I love this new adventure and opportunity. I feel like I am getting the best of both worlds...I get to work with teachers to collaborate and make decisions that will impact our students in a positive way, while still being able to be with the children each day!

My husband, Paul, and I have been married since 2003. We have two girls and one boy. Rayna is twelve years old, Maddie is eight years old and also attends Sunset Park, and Jax is three years old. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, shopping, and working out during my free time. We have a pomapoo named Bella. 

My philosophy is that young children learn best in a caring, nonthreatening, literacy-rich, stimulating and challenging school environment. I believe that ALL children can learn and ALL children can be leaders. I will work this year to help your child take the LEAD in his/her education! As you involve yourself in your child’s learning experience, I trust that you will see this philosophy shining through…CHILDREN FIRST!