• Karen Caswell

Life Is Inspiration with Tara Martin

Updated: Mar 10

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Our Episode 11 guest, Tara Martin, shares how her life journey's experiences have inspired her to embrace a beginner's mindset, find her courage and challenge herself to grow. We explore how her passion for encouraging others to embrace their authentic selves, cannonball in and fulfill their true potential drives her mission to innovate, share ideas, influences and lessons learned and to inspire us to keep social-emotional learning at the heart of our work. Tara hopes to have an impact on the world by championing others and amplifying their achievements.


Tara's Inspirational, Influential and Impactful recommendations:

  • Person - Dave Burgess

  • Book - Teach Like a PIRATE by Dave Burgess; How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

  • Podcast - Unlocking Us by Brene Brown

  • Cause - Anything that supports children

  • Dream Travel Destination - Greece


Connect with Tara:


Tara Martin is an enthusiastic educator, national speaker, and author who thrives on change and refuses to settle for the status quo. She has served as a classroom teacher, an instructional coach for several years, and most recently, a district administrator. Tara is the author of the inspirational book, Be REAL: Educate from the Heart and Cannonball In, a motivating children's book illustrated by Genesis Kohler. Tara firmly believes machines and artificial intelligence will never replicate an individual’s REAL identity–the unique strengths, talents, and life experiences of every human. Tara's passion for education and love of writing led her to a new role where she coaches and serves educational authors as the Director of Public Relations and Communication for DBC, Inc. Tara’s ambition is to lead a culture of innovative change, keep social-emotional learning at the heart of our work, and encourage others to Cannonball In and fulfill their true potential!



If you missed one of our previous episodes, you can hear the inspiring, influential and impactful guests below (they are worth the listen!)


#0 - An Introduction

#1 - Dave Burgess: Discover Wide

#2 - Trevor MacKenzie: Inspiring Inquiry

#3 - Tamara Letter: Inspired by Kindness

#4 - Fi Morrison: STEM-spirational

#5 - Craig Ladek: The Impact of Service

#6 - Dr, Stephanie Smith: Empowering Young People

#7 - Barbara Gruener: Connecting By Heart

#8 - Dan Jackson: Effective Impact

#9 - Jessica Vance: Curious Questioning

#10 - Lisa Currie: Kindness Ripples

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