Greetings my name is Heidi Tarr aka "The Queen Nerdling" as my students call me. I am the AP Biology, Honors biology I, and Advanced Scientific Research and Seminar teacher as well as sponsor of NHS at Emery Weiner School. I also work as an AP Biology content developer for NMSI and also lead AP biology professional developments for teachers and review sessions for students. I was the 2019-2020 recipient of the Houston Museum of Natural Science "Excellence in Teaching Science" award. Previously, I was an AP biology and AP Environmental science teacher at Sam Rayburn High School in Pasadena Texas, as well as the sponsor of National Honor Society, director of Academic UIL, new teacher mentor, and Envirothon coach. I am passionate about closing the inequities in education between students who attend private schools versus those who attend public schools as a result of the wealth gap that exists in the United States. My dream and life goal is to one day open my own school, Nerdling Academy, that serves under represented minority students and provides them with a top tier private school education. To me there is nothing more gratifying than watching a student who thought "I can't" achieve more than their wildest dreams. Those are the moments that have changed my life and shaped my teaching career.
When I am not working on something with my Nerdlings (which isn't very often) I enjoy working out at Orange Theory Fitness, rowing, and yoga as well as attending various professional developments. I have a love for adventure and the great outdoors (just not the great outdoors of Houston Texas). In the past few years I have climbed the Mendenhall Glacier in Alaska, summited mountains in Iceland and seen the beautiful fjords of Norway with my amazing husband (who by the way loves all of my Nerdlings as much as I do). I have also attended a two-week molecular biology course at Princeton University, and numerous week long AP biology trainings at Rice University.
Skippering the Kiko Rangi research vessel in Kaikoura, New Zealand while working as part of the Dusky Dolphin Research Team.
Top of my glacier trek in Rosendal, Norway
Celebrating a past Nerdlings success and posing for our "Shining Stars" picture.