Ms. Taj has worked in education for more than a decade. She’s been a strong public school advocate for years. She and her family moved to Howard County largely because of the school system’s stellar reputation. Her two children attend the local elementary and middle schools.
Professionally, Ms. Taj helps cultivate the next generation of educators as Adjunct Professor at Howard Community College, where she teaches arts integration to future schoolteachers.
She also spearheads support for groundbreaking educational initiatives nationwide in her role as Advisor to the Braitmayer Foundation. She oversees an annual open invitation grant program that supports creative solutions in K-12 education, with a focus on curriculum development, professional development for educators, and school reform. Ms. Taj would bring to the Board her knowledge of what works in real life settings.
Appointed to the Board of Education’s Operating Budget Review Committee in 2017, Ms. Taj has honed her understanding of the school system’s budget and operations. She increasingly is seeing how budget decisions can have outsized impact on student success.
Ms. Taj served as a volunteer parent on the executive board of the Centennial Lane Elementary School PTA. One of the first tasks she took on in this role was to form the PTA’s first-ever committee focused on inclusion to ensure proper representation of all families in her daughter’s wonderfully diverse school. Ms. Taj also works within several communities/organizations to support the existing leadership in meeting the educational needs of their children.
Ms. Taj has long been active in the larger Howard County community. She is a former program officer at the Howard County Community Foundation and a proud graduate of Leadership Howard County. In her spare time, Ms. Taj is a painter.