Tara completed both her BA (Geography and English, 2002) and BEd (Intermediate Senior, 2003) at Queen’s followed by her M.Ed. at St. Francis Xavier in 2008. While living in Halifax, she enjoyed teaching grade 7 and 8 and took on leadership roles in many activities, particularly focusing around student literacy. After moving to Ottawa, Tara worked at Algonquin College, where she was the coordinator of various programs between the college and school boards in Eastern Ontario, most notably the dual credit program, which provides high school students an opportunity to take college courses. She then took a year's maternity leave before returning to the college, where she now teaches.
Tara first became involved with the Queen’s Alumni Association in 2004, while living in Halifax. After attending and then helping with various branch events, she and husband Michael Jakubinek took over the branch as co-presidents at the end of 2007. They enjoyed planning and hosting events and meeting other alumni. Tara served a term as a member-at-large on the QUAA and in 2009 she won the Rising Star Award for her work with the Halifax branch. In her current role with the QUAA, Tara is co-chair, with Michael Jakubinek, of the Alumni Volunteer Summit Planning Committee, an event they first attended in 2007 and credit with helping to spur their involvement with the QUAA.