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Tara Tuck

Adjunct Professor

Adjunct Professor Tara Tuck

Tara Tuck teaches in the language and literacy programs at Lesley.

I have a rather varied background in education, beginning with earning a B.S. in Education from Lesley College (long before it was a university). After teaching first and fifth grade, I earned a M.S. in Speech and Language Pathology from Boston University. As an SLP I started one of the first self-contained special education classrooms for students with severe language disorders. Wanting to help teachers work with these special students in general education classrooms led me to continue as an SLP specializing in inclusion, working in the public schools, presenting workshops for teachers, and teaching at Lesley (on campus and around the country).

I also earned a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Administration, Planning and Social Policy at Harvard, and shortly thereafter moved to Florida to thaw out and continue as a District Inclusion Specialist. I now devote my time to teaching for Lesley and getting the word out about my book, The Joy of Language: The Guide to Language and Learning for Parents and Caregivers. It is my passion to inspire parents and teachers to empower children with the communication skills necessary to become lifelong learners and to make a real difference in the world. We (parents, teachers and children) are all teachers and all learners.

Tara's Joy of Language Facebook page.


BS, Education, Lesley College
MS, Speech and Language Pathology, Boston University
CAS in Administration, Planning and Social Policy, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Selected Publications

Tuck, T. (2016). The joy of language: The guide to language and learning for parents and caregivers. Marco Island, FL: Marco River Press. (available at

Selected Presentations

  • “The Inclusionary Model: Success for Learning Disabled Children in the Classroom”: Massachusetts Teachers Association Summer Leadership Conference
  • “Public School Services for Language Disordered Students”: Northeastern University, Boston, MA
  • “Graduate Training for Working Within the Classroom Collaboration/Metacognition Model”: Emerson College, Boston, MA
  • “Strategies for the Adult Learner”: Boston Women’s Network
  • “The Other Side of Understanding: Right Hemisphere Learning”: American Society of Training and Development
  • “International Visioning Workshop”: Horizon Council of Southwest Florida