Tarah Donoghue


Adjunct Faculty


BA in Elementary Education - Adjunct Faculty


PhD (in progress) - Curriculum and Instruction - STEM Education
CU Boulder M.Ed Elementary Education
University of Central Oklahoma BBA - University of Central Oklahoma

Tarah Donoghue has taught students from three years old through middle school, focusing most recently on sixth grade math learning at a school near Oklahoma City. While there, she used her skills as a yoga teacher to not only teach mathematics, but also yoga, to middle school students.

While working on her M.Ed. she was recognized twice as an outstanding graduate student for her work with undergraduate preservice teachers, providing mentorship and experience teaching middle school mathematics.

Tarah moved to Boulder in 2018 to further her education and research in teaching mathematics for social justice. Her research interests include youth participatory action research, Native American and Indigenous students, ethnomathematics, and new ways of thinking about and teaching mathematics for change.

A foundation of Tarah's pedagogical framework is drawing upon the lived experiences of her students to support not just knowledge, but understanding of concepts.

When she's not teaching, Tarah can be found on a trail, sometimes with her elderly dog, Winston.


I am thrilled to be a part of an elementary education program which embraces the values Naropa maintains. Developing and maintaining mindfulness practices, for teachers, is fundamental to their success!


Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies by Django Paris and H. Samy Alim is a current favorite!

What's Next?

Finishing my PhD, working with preservice teachers, and developing curriculum and workshops for teachers around teaching mathematics for social justice!