2019 Teacher of the Year:
Tamara Markey is an innovative, passionate and dynamic educator who draws from and applies to her classroom nearly a decade of, real-world experience as an Engineer with Amoco Oil and BP Pipelines. Markey is a Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellow and Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Instructor. She teaches Engineering at the McKenzie Center for Innovation and Technology in the Metropolitan School District (MSD) of Lawrence Township, Indianapolis, Indiana.
Markey is a MSD of Lawrence Township Design Excellence Co-Award Winner and the 2019 Indiana Teacher of the Year. She is the founder and advisor of Girls in Technology, a program designed to increase exposure and interest of middle school girls in engineering and technology.
She holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and a Master of Science in Engineering Technology Education, both from Purdue University. She works as an advisor lead in her school to support teachers in the areas of guidance and counseling, while also supporting students with their educational pathways, their socio-emotional wellness, and their life experiences. She is a member of the District’s S.T.E.M. Coalition Task Force; a Faculty Advisor for Architecture, Construction and Engineering (A.C.E.) Mentoring Program and a member of the Graduation Pathway Committee. Markey lives in Indianapolis with her husband, their three children and golden doodle.