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Tara Carleo, EdD, is currently teaching Online Speechmaking, Speechmaking, Essentials of Speech and Interpersonal Communications. Carleo fosters a “greenhouse” environment where students are safe to express their growing communication skills. Carleo engages students in many ways, including anecdotes in personal communication successes and failures. Self and peer evaluations serve great purpose in her classrooms, helping to encourage one another and see the excellence and room for improvement in ourselves. Having overcome communication reticence, she is equipped with empathy and tools to help others.

Prior to teaching at CMU, Carleo was an: assistant director of DR&S at University of Denver; office manager and assistant to the president at National Western Stock Show; former Miss Rodeo Colorado; judge for various pageants throughout the United States; executive board member for the Miss Rodeo America Pageant; past-president of Miss Rodeo Colorado organization; Freedom Rider where she carried flags horseback at the 2008 Presidential Inauguration Parade for former President Barack Obama; rodeo contestant, flag girl, official spokesperson and translator for the Rodeo Europe tour where she presented information to live audiences of 81,000+ and on several national television outlets in her second language; and flag girl for the National Finals Rodeo.

A Colorado native, Carleo, farms in Loma with her husband and children. Her hobbies include traveling, scuba diving, playing piano and guitar, competing at AQHA horse shows, gardening, cooking and helping the younger generation gain transferable skills through pageantry and public speaking.