In 2015, Tara M. Kfoury received her Doctorate of Educational Leadership after completing a public defense on the dissertation titled: “The Perceptions of Middle School Principals in Addressing Non-Suicidal Self-Injury among Adolescent Females ages 10-14 years old.” Since then, Tara continues to inquire and implement the latest research findings on educational best practices as well as address the Social-Emotional, Behavioral, and Mental Health learning needs of adolescents. She remains vigilant on investigating and implementing research on current and emerging trends in education for social, emotional, behavioral, and mental health and wellness of students. She has honed her skills in addressing children who engage in harmful behaviors – including but not limited to self-harm, suicide, negative coping strategies, and addiction. Her SEL and conflict resolution techniques address children as young as 3 years old to those in their early 20s.
After being in the educational arena for close to 18 years, Tara is able to help schools develop their Social-Emotional, Behavioral, and Mental Health skills to best guide students, other staff members, and community families. Her knowledge of how to reduce anxiety, address conflict in a safe and effective manner, and encourage self-advocacy are used when speaking with students, staff, and parents alike. Tara has also used several highly effective protocols to address students that may be at greater risk of harmful behaviors and negative coping strategies.
As a classroom teacher, she created curriculum that integrated lessons of cognitive psychology that were also reflective of the student make-up and geared toward bringing success for children on IEPs, 504s, and for ESL students. As a mentor teacher and instructional coach, she taught and trained educators within urban and suburban, private and public, domestic and international schools to integrate PBIS, Mindfulness, and SEL into the common core requirements. She encouraged and modeled the uses of technology and specialized educational apps as a tool of responsibility, positive reinforcement, emotional regulation, and academic transparency for all students and their families.
As a former educator for more than 17 years, Dr. Tara M. Kfoury is a professionally certified bilingual educator who has taught and trained fellow educators within urban and suburban, private and public, domestic and international schools. With such experience, Tara is able to provide a broad range of teaching skills, de-escalation strategies, and core CACREP and MPCAC competencies to a school community. Dr. Kfoury continues to share the latest techniques of stress, anxiety, and anger de-escalations, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Thought Field Therapy (TFT), and Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT). She is currently building upon her professional portfolio to include studies relating to Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and Military Dysfunctional Attachment Disorder (MDAD).
Within her field of study, she is considered to be an educational expert in Non-Suicidal Self-Injury (NSSI) and negative co-occurring coping strategies. During recent years, Tara has developed her skills in Behavioral Intervention, and has acquired advanced knowledge in Neuroscience, Abnormal Psychology, and Adolescent Learning & Development. Her first-hand knowledge and career experiences allow her to successfully navigate the requirements needed to be filled by SEL curriculum in the classroom, while extending the benefits into the homes as well. Tara is able to lead both individual and group training sessions, designed to provide positive coping strategies and life skills to children & adults alike. Additionally, as an educator she is aware of federal and state curricula requirements for various health and wellness programs which allows her to coordinate and form partnerships with other private and public schools with flexibility and ease.
As an educational consultant, Dr. Kfoury advises school principals and staff on the design and implementation of critical curriculum for the development of youth, ages 3 to 20. She also serves as a primary contact of assistance for educators and families in resolving educational issues and grievances.
During her career, Dr. Kfoury has also executed outreach initiatives to public and private entities to support the students, families, staff, and the surrounding community. She continues to use her proficient skills in communication, interpersonal relationship building, individual and group consulting skills, and team collaboration and leadership to positively impact change management within the educational arena. As a veteran teacher, Tara has assessed teacher development needs and designed and delivered targeted solutions, including strategic planning, visioning, classroom management, and team building. She has delivered appropriate coaching and development feedback to principals, teacher leaders, and teacher candidates. In addition, Dr. Kfoury has provided expertise in development and execution, planning, and facilitation of positive employee relations efforts.
She is currently seeking opportunities to continue her research on NSSI and its co-occurring coping strategies among adolescent females, with an expansion into adolescent males.