About:My name is Tara Deckard, and I have been a Platte County Pirate since 2006! I graduated in 1985 from Central Missouri State University (UCM) with a degree in Speech Pathology, and earned my master's degree in Special Education from University of Missouri Kansas City (UMKC) in 1990. I was an elementary Speech Therapist in the Hickman Mill's School District for 5 years, and then taught Special Education at the same elementary for 4 years. I stayed home with my 2 sons for MANY years before returning to education. I taught the BASE Program (self-contained program for Emotional/Behavioral Disordered) for 6 years at PCHS, and then moved into the Science department where I co-teach in Biology, Physical Science and Earth Science. I also teach Resource classes in the Sciences as well. In addition to teaching, I am the JV Academic Bowl Coach.