excellence in adult education

Tara Schwab is an Educational Training Specialist at the Southern Illinois Professional Development Center, part of the Illinois Community College Board Adult Education Professional Development Network. She holds a B.A. in Social Studies Education from Illinois State University and an M.A. in the Arts of Teaching from Aurora University. 


Tara has 20+ years of experience in education in the areas of instruction, training, curriculum development and implementation, and mentoring. Tara began at the high school level and expanded to adult and higher education where she has served for the past 15+ years. Tara’s adult education teaching experience includes all types of classes including ICAPS, ESL, ABE, and ASE. She currently  teaches Adult Education classes at Waubonsee Community College in Aurora, Illinois. 


In addition to her work in the classroom, she has valuable experience in training and mentoring teachers in curriculum development and delivery, teaching methods and practices.  Tara has written, submitted and implemented curricula through the Illinois Community College Board and various community college settings and  designed and facilitated multiple professional development opportunities for community colleges and adult educators in the Chicago area. She has presented at many local, state, and national conferences.