Tara Papandrew

Tara Papandrew

Tara’s journey at Portland Children’s Museum has been unusual and surprising. She has been connected to Opal School since its first school year and served in different leadership roles: Director of Museum Programs & Outreach (2002-2008), Director of Opal School (2010-2014), and Teacher Administrator (2014-2021). This path has been fueled by her curiosity of children: who they are, what they imagine, and how they connect with the world. She seeks connections among children, materials and ideas. In this work, she thrives on playing with her creativity (bachelor of arts in dance) and her understanding of systems-thinking (master of arts in administration). In her last years at Opal, she was eager to move the children’s stories and imagery out of the classrooms and into the city of Portland.