Tara Zaafran is an educator, mother, and respected community member. She graduated from the University of Miami with a bachelor’s degree in microbiology/immunology and later obtained a master’s degree from the University of Houston in curriculum and instruction-secondary education. She currently teaches middle school social studies at ILM Academy in Houston while pursuing a master’s degree in Islamic education, and she hopes to pursue a doctorate in education. Tara works tirelessly on developing high standards for curriculum that are challenging and enriching for students in their development of self identity. As a passionate advocate for interfaith dialogue, Tara serves on the advisory board of the Risala Foundation, Houston’s only Muslim civic speaker organization. She is also the co-chair of the Founder’s Advisory Committee of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA).