Tammy has been a part of the PALS/PLACES team since 2016. She spent the first ten years of her career in education as an English teacher and Literacy Coach at James Campbell High School in ʻEwa Beach. In 2014 she transitioned into the role of a middle school teacher at the School for Examining Essential Questions of Sustainability (SEEQS), a public charter school focused on examining essential questions of ecological systems. Since beginning her graduate studies at UHM in 2003, Tammy has worked closely with Dr. Thomas Jackson and the Uehiro Academy for Philosophy and Ethics in Education to promote the Philosophy for Children Hawaiʻi (p4cHI) approach to thinking and learning. She earned her MEdT in 2005 and her PhD in Curriculum Studies in 2012, both from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.