Q&A with new dean Tara Keith

The Oracle: Where did you work before and what positions did you hold?

Tara Keith: I worked at the district office and at Paly. Before that I worked in Campbell in Del Mar High School, and before that at San Diego. I’ve been a teacher, department chair and instructional coach.

TO: Why did you choose to work at Gunn?

TK: I like how Gunn is very student-centered and the Gunn community is welcoming to all students. I’m very passionate about accepting all students and letting them shine in their own ways.

TO: What about working in the educational field appealed to you?

TK: I really wanted to help young people find their paths. I’m caring and compassionate and I think those traits make for a great educator.

TO: What do you think you can bring to this campus?

TK: I can bring excitement for the student body as a whole. I can also bring a trusted adult, a kind heart, and open ears, and just support, whatever that looks like for each person.

TO: What are you most excited about for this year?

TK: I’m most excited about being in a new community because I think it will provide an opportunity to hone in on what Gunn is really all about.

TO: What are you most apprehensive about?

TK: Probably the flip side—being new to an already established community and learning the culture.

TO: What pieces of advice would you give the students here regarding school and life?

TK: Truly be who you are and to know that things will always get better, and ask for what you need.”

TO: What do you hope to gain out of being dean?

TK: Relationships with the students and staff on campus and the community members.

TO: If you could describe yourself in one word, what would it be?

TK: Fair.

Compiled by Kathleen Xue

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