Tammy Keces, Principal
Tammy Keces is a passionate educator and school leader. Tammy holds a B.A. in Psychology from UCLA, an M.A. from Teachers College, Columbia University in Curriculum and Instruction, a Clear California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from UCSD and an Administrative Services Credential from Cal State University Fullerton. Tammy has taught elementary school in various private and public schools including the JCC, Tarbut V’Torah, and New Horizon in Irvine, CA. Tammy has been an educational consultant for public, charter, Montessori, and private schools, providing professional development training and mentoring for administrators, school counselors, teachers, and staff. Her school consultation work has included trainings in the implementation of Common Core and a comprehensive social-emotional learning curriculum for grades K-12. As a certified Positive Discipline Trainer, Tammy has led Positive Discipline trainings for the Jewish Educator Association (JEA) for religious educators in 15 local synagogues and public, charter and private schools throughout California. She also provides parenting education workshops regularly.
Tammy has done extensive academic research and assessments on motivating children to learn, which was included in Dr. Debra Stipek’s book, “Motivating Children to Learn: From Theory to Practice.” Tammy’s language arts curriculum is featured in “Positive Discipline in the School and Classroom; (4th edition)” and the “Problem Solving Wheel of Choice Program,” both by Jane Nelsen. Most recently Tammy wrote the foreword for “Positive Discipline Tools for Teachers” by Jane Nelsen, being published this fall. She is on the advisory board of the Orange County Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, is a past board member of Transition Laguna and is regularly invited as a guest speaker at events held by the Orange County Private School Association.
Tammy enjoys spending her free time with her family in her organic vegetable garden, cooking, playing board games or hanging out the beach with her husband Matthew and children Maya (20,) Natasha (17,) and Colby (13). She has been raised with beautiful Jewish traditions which have enriched her life, and she values the opportunity to partner with the wonderful families at IHDS to create a warm and unique school community. Tammy is grateful to be a part of IHDS family.