Mrs. Tara Carter

3rd Grade Teacher

I started teaching at Dunham School in 2002, and have taught the 3rd through 6th grades.  For several years, I had the pleasure of teaching science to all the 4th, 5th, and 6th grades.  I am currently teaching 3rd grade, and loving it.  

In my classroom, I want students to strive to always do their best and to take on challenges.  I set high expectations for their learning, but provide a safe, supportive, reflective learning environment to help them achieve their goals.  At times, students are working quietly at their desks, but other times they are involved in active, hands-on projects.  I believe a variety of learning modalities are necessary to reach all the children in my classroom.

I received my B.S. in Biology and my teaching credential from Sonoma State University.  I student taught at Marguerite Hahn Elementary School in Rohnert Park.  I grew up in Penngrove, and attended school in Cotati and Rohnert Park.  Both of my parents were teachers, so I was born into the profession.

My husband and I were married in 2003.  Our daughter Kate was born in 2007, and the newest member of our family, Mae, was born in January 2013.  My husband is also a teacher in Petaluma.  Away from school, I enjoy playing with my daughters, reading, hiking, and bird watching.  

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Special Instructions:

This year we are asking every student to come to school with some basic supplies that they will use in their class. 

The list below is unique for your 3rd Grader.    

Many stores are having great sales for school supplies right now and, while it is not mandatory that you purchase these items, we hope that you will keep this list handy as you do your back-to-school shopping.

3rd Grade Supplies needed:

  • ❏ 1 – Pencil Box or Pouch
    ❏ 1- dozen Ticonderoga #2 Pencils*
    ❏ 1 – Colored Pocket Portfolio (folder)
    ❏ 1 – Pocket Portfolio, any picture, for homework folder
    ❏ 2 – Wide ruled Composition Books or Notebooks
    ❏ 1– package wide ruled notebook paper*
    ❏ 8 – Whiteboard Markers, Low Odor (dry erase)
    ❏ 1 – 8 color set of Crayola Markers
    ❏ 1 - box – 16 Color set of Crayons
    ❏ 1 - box Crayola colored pencils, Box of 24*
    ❏ 1 – 8 color set of watercolor paints
    ❏ 1 – Pair of Scissors
    ❏ 1 – Reusable, no-leak, Water Bottle
    ❏ 1 or 2 packages baby wipes*
    ❏ 1 - Headphones or earbuds
    *Please do not label these items with child’s name

See you on Wednesday, August 16th   

Download the 3rd Grade Supply List