My name is Tara Johanneson. I am the Director of Online Education at USF. Prior to beginning my USF career, I worked in the Bishop O'Gorman Catholic Schools (previously Sioux Falls Catholic Schools) as a 7-12 Technology/Computer Science teacher, 9-12 Chromebook Coordinator, and K-12 Technology Integrationist. I have taught numerous classes including, but not limited to, Computer Applications, Multimedia, Graphic Design, Computer Programming, Web Design, Introduction to Computer Science, and AP Computer Science. Outside of the classroom, I also advised the Gaming Club and FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) chapter and coached the eSports team.
I earned her Masters of Science in Technology for Education and Training from the University of South Dakota, Bachelor of Science in Business Education and Associate's Degree in Business Management from Dakota State University. I also have endorsements in K-12 Technology Education, Technology Integration, and Technology Coordination. One of my biggest accomplishments was becoming a Google for Education Certified Trainer and a Google Certified Administrator.
I am actively involved as a school board member for Tea Area School District, a gymnastics official in both the South Dakota High School Activities Association, board member for the South Dakota Middle-Level Educators Association, and member of the Helpline Center's Survivor of Suicide Loss Advisory Committee. I also volunteer as the community coordinator for the Tea Easter "Eggstravaganza", the Girl Scout Dakota Horizons 9th grade troop leader, and Girl Scout Dakota Horizons Outer Limits Service Unit Manager.
I live in Tea, SD, with my husband, Jason (co-owner of R&R Mobility in Sioux Falls), and our three children, Taylor (15), Jaxon (12), and Jadon (11). In my free time, I enjoy traveling, baking, playing board games, and reading.