Tammy Waller joined iCivics as the Director of State Professional Programs in June 2022.
Prior to that, Tammy served as the Director of K-12 Social Studies and World and Native Languages at the Arizona Department of Education. During her seven years at ADE, Tammy facilitated the creation and implementation of the 2018 History and Social Science Standards, led several projects and programs for Arizona Educators and students, and taught pre-service teachers at the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University. Before joining ADE, Tammy spent 23 years teaching 7th-12th grade history and civics in various schools in the Phoenix area and coached both Mock Trial and Speech and Debate.
Since 2019, Tammy has been extensively involved in the Educating for American Democracy Initiative, first as a committee member and co-chair of the History Task Force and later as one of the Principal Investigators and member of the Implementation Consortium. Tammy was is one of the founders of the Western States Civics Coalition and currently serves as Co-Chair for the newly formed Arizona Civics Coalition. She is on the board of the Arizona Jewish Historical Society and a member of the National Council of Social Studies and National Council for History Education. A former 2000 Teacher of the Year Ambassador for Excellence and Arizona Law Related Educator of the Year- civics and history education are her passion.
In her free time, she volunteers at her favorite youth theatre and helps various schools with their mock trial programs, loves political discussions, and enjoys quality time with her family and friends- including her 90-pound Golden doodle Milo.