Terra Tarango is an accomplished executive in the education industry with more than 15 years of experience in educational publishing and services. Prior to joining Van Andel Education Institute (VAEI), Tarango served as President of SDE, one of the largest providers of professional development for pre-K through 12th-grade educators in the U.S. Before that, she developed award-winning print and digital curriculum with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, the largest educational publisher in the nation. She is an expert in instructional climate and culture and has devoted her career to increasing curiosity, creativity and critical thinking in the classroom.
As VAEI Director and Education Officer, Terra oversees the organization and its efforts to improve inquiry-based instruction in K-12 education. She and her team provide innovative cross-curricular programs for students and world-class professional development for educators.