Tara Bartlett

Tara Bartlett holds a Bachelors in Elementary Education and a Masters in Social and Cultural Pedagogy.  Currently a "Double Devil" with both degrees from Arizona State University, Tara is slated to be a “Triple Devil” as a current doctoral student in ASU’s Educational Policy Evaluation PhD program.  Her experience teaching a hybrid of English Language Arts and Social Studies in the Title One middle school classroom for fourteen years has allowed Tara to work with Arizona’s disadvantaged youth, concentrating on topics such as the humanities, community development, and civics efficacy.  Tara has served in leadership roles at both the school and district levels, including Site Leadership Team, English Language Arts Department Chair, Project Citizen instructor, Civic Engagement Strategies instructor, School Improvement Advisory Council member, Cross Country coach, We the People facilitator, Girls Tribe Chair, and Participatory Budgeting Coordinator.  Additionally, Tara has worked with the Arizona Department of Education on several steering committees, including the inception of the Excellence in Civic Education Program, the rewriting and adoption of the new Social Studies and Science Standards, and the annual Item Analysis and Data Review Committees for the state's standardized assessment, AZMerit. Tara has been recognized by Mesa Public Schools as a Service Learning Award recipient, the Mesa Oriental Masonic Lodge’s Top 20 Teachers, and by the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education’s John J. Ross Memorial Award for her work in engaging middle school students with Project Citizen and Kids Voting, as well as coordinating the Congressional District 6 We the People Competition.

Mark McCall

Mark McCall is currently the Project Manager at Maricopa County.  Mark has twenty years in public education with emphases on middle school social studies and Gifted as well as instructional coaching and administration to support effective instruction and student achievement.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and a Master of Education in Educational Administration & Supervision from Arizona State University as well as a Master of Education in Secondary Education from Northern Arizona University.  He is certified in the State of Arizona in secondary education and as a principal.  Mark has assisted the Foundation as Law Related Education faculty since 2003.  Prior to his work overseeing projects at the state government and state university level, Mark was a middle school social studies teacher and administrator.  For most of his years in the classroom, Mark used Project Citizen as his primary curriculum and brought students to the district and state showcases multiple times.  Mark now provides technical support to Project Citizen teachers as well as participating as a We the People judge, the Chair of the Foundation’s Law Related Education Committee, and a member of the Foundation’s Board.  Mark is an avid hockey fan, devoted husband and father and three-time participant in the 60-mile walk in support of the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure.

Terri Welsh

Terri Welsh is currently the Secondary Social Studies Specialist for Mesa Public Schools and serves as an Instructor for Northern Arizona University teaching social studies methods courses.  She received her B.S.Ed. from Illinois State University and her M.Ed. from Northern Arizona University.  While devoting the past 27 years of her career to public education, Terri has been afforded many opportunities to enhance social studies and civic education in Arizona.  Before her position at the district office in Mesa, she taught seventh, eighth and ninth grade social studies at Rhodes Junior High in Mesa for 13 years.  While there she successfully implemented the Project Citizen program in her eighth-grade classes.  During that time, her students participated in both district and state showcases, where they proved to be successful. Terri has been with the Foundation for Legal Services and Education for the past 14 years as a trainer for the Project Citizen, iCivics, Kids Voting, and Representative Democracy in America programs. She has served as a District Coordinator for PC, helped organize district and state showcases, and spent extensive time helping teachers implement the program across the state.  Terri has presented civic education programs at many local, state and national conferences, as well as served as a lead facilitator for multiple summer institutes. In addition, Terri has worked with the Sandra Day O’Connor Institute as the lead faculty member for their inaugural Camp O’Connor. She is passionate about civics education and looks forward to continuing her efforts in supporting social studies teachers.