Tam was born and raised in southern California where she earned her B.A. in Economics from University of California, Riverside. She began her education career through Teach For America in Washington D.C. as a middle school math teacher where she earned her Master’s of Arts in Teaching. She worked for Friendship Public Charter School and the District of Columbia Public Schools. She moved to Los Angeles to be closer to family and served as a math department chair, instructional leadership coach and joined the school leadership team for Animo Watts, a Green Dot Public Charter School.
In 2014, Tam found her new home in Las Vegas where she explored many types of development and training in hopes of supporting the teachers and leaders she works with to reach their full potential. Prior to working for Opportunity 180 she worked with Teach for America, TNTP, and Achievement Network. Her time in those organizations was spent working alongside birth through 12th grade teachers, coaches, principals, and district leadership to improve instructional outcomes for our most underserved students. Recognizing the systemic barriers school districts and school leaders face, she joined Opportunity 180 to lead the great schools portfolio by working collaboratively with the community to ensure all students and families in Clark County, especially our most underserved, have access to great public schools and people in those schools who are deeply committed to their success.
Outside of work, Tam stays involved in her community by serving as a board member for Nevada Prep, a Las Vegas Charter school, participated on the planning committee for the Southern Nevada Educator Leadership Symposium, and coached a Girls on the Run team at the Boys and Girls Club. Tam is driven by her vision of working alongside people in the community she calls home so that kids of color, first gen college kids, and kids from low socioeconomic backgrounds have many adults in their life supporting them to reach their full potential. In her personal life, she spends her time running, boating, any active outdoors activity and being a dog mom to Dash and Dakota.