Tamara BressiTraining Development Consultant
"Who dares to teach must never cease to learn."
- John Cotton Dana
BS in Child Development, Polytechnic State University
Tamara is an experienced Direct Instruction (DI) teacher, trainer and coach. She holds a Master of Science in Special Education from the University of Oregon and Oregon teaching certificates for Basic Elementary, preprimary through grade 9 and Standard Handicapped Learner II, preprimary through grade 12. From 1992 to 1998, Tamara was a resource room/self-contained special education teacher in Shasta & Cascade Middle Schools in the Bethel School District in Eugene, Oregon. From 1998 to 2004, Tamara was a 2nd grade teacher at Meadow View School, also in the Bethel School District. While at Meadow View, she served as a Teacher on Special Assignment for the school’s K-3 reading program, with responsibilities of conducting observations of Direct Instruction reading groups, data analysis and curriculum training in addition to her regular teaching assignment.
From 2003 through 2009, Tamara was an Implementation Manager for NIFDI at middle schools and elementary schools in Guam. In 2010, she was Co-Director of Training for NIFDI and in 2012 through 2018 became the Director of Training Development (DOTD). Both positions carried the responsibilities of creating, arranging and evaluating training sessions for teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals and NIFDI consultants. In addition to her current position as an Implementation Manager for 4 schools, Tamara continues to provide DI training to teachers and administrators. Tamara is also one of two trainers for the Academy on Becoming an Effective Direct Instruction Trainer, which is an integral component of the National Direct Instruction Conference held in Eugene, OR.