Center for General Education
Starting at Walden University in 2008, Tanaz continues as a dedicated Teacher and Educational Leader in higher education and previously in the K-12 sector. She has found her happy place working with Undergraduates and General Education. She was drawn to diverse adult learners in online classrooms when she saw the potential for applicable, real-world learning through more personalized study experiences. She has over a decade of experience teaching online and passionately feels that online learning is an effective, demanding but fulfilling experience that allows all types of students to earn their degrees. Every day, she enjoys learning along with her students through a platform that allows a depth of thought and equal expression of perspective.
Tanaz has worked as an Administrator, Teacher, and Mentor for more years than she is willing to admit at several universities and schools. Most recently with Walden, she served as College Coordinator for General Education and Academic Coordinator of the First Term Experience at Walden University. She has taught all levels of Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Education and teacher preparation courses, and orientation courses for first term students and new faculty. During her MA in Teaching studies, she became interested in designing metacognitive techniques for the daily experiences of online students to help with self-reflection, self-awareness and increase persistence while learning. During further graduate studies in Mathematics, she noted that using a pencil is the standard. Why? Pencils have erasers for a reason: we expect to make some mistakes as we learn. What students do after that makes the difference. It is important to Tanaz that her students appreciate the opportunity to practice using a variety of lenses through which to examine their world; something that general education offers. Through transferable skills, students gain tools through which to evaluate their studies and careers. As a lifelong learner, Tanaz has studied many subjects as a proud Bruin (go UCLA!) where she also earned an undergraduate degree in Physiological Science, a minor in applied developmental Psychology, and briefly attended medical school.
Tanaz lives in Southern California where she enjoys the weather but not the traffic. As a happily married mommy to two boys, she can often be found playing with Lego or creating another Bionicle creature with her family. Like many of her students, she balances several priorities that give her a unique perspective on nontraditional adult learners. Her husband works as a Biochemist while her sons work to drive their parents crazy. They also make their parents smile and have helped Tanaz develop her teaching style as she watches them learn. Tanaz also volunteers for her local school district to serve as the Chair of the School Site Council regulating budget expenses and school policy, tutor students, and work with new teachers. Tanaz also serves as a volunteer college counselor to first-generation students as she believes that every student deserves the chance to obtain higher education.