Tammy Ashworth

Teacher GATE Art & English, Toro Canyon Middle School
La Quinta, CA, United States

About Tammy


Artist at heart and by profession, grammar and literature out of necessity, curious mind about the mind since age 10, first in the family to have a formal education and can't stop going, dedication to the education and socialization of my students, avid traveler but not to Asia yet, worked as a controller-pizza slinger-condo cleaner - research assistant - mural director - assisted an art consultant - ran two galleries - wrote and received several grants - remodeled a house - did construction - developed a program for students afterschool - disseminate banned books- arrange lectures - give lectures - created gallery educational components for museums - developed and participated in research projects - helped wealthy and powerful women decorate for their parties - unveil the mystery of art to everyone from kindergarten to senior citizens - florist for tennis matches - helium queen for ballrooms of balloons - served iced tea to the parched by the pool at a country club - directed parking traffic - squeezed the juice out of cases of oranges - hopped in a bunny costume delivering eggs to hotel guests - rode my bike hundreds of miles making deliveries - face painting for thousands - native plant identification and education - volunteered at the library and promptly offended someone who was looking for a book on money laundering - forgot how to speak Spanish



An idea worth spreading

"Giftedness...the good news is you never grow out of it. ...the bad news is you never grow out of it.

I'm passionate about

Art, books, dogs, education, creativity, imagination, generosity, precision, kindness, ethics, family, vision, integrity, travel, culture, sleep, food, paint, fabric, libraries, botanical gardens

Talk to me about

"The Painted Veil" by Sommerset Maugham, "The Giver" by Lois Lowry, "The Little Prince" by Antoine de Saint Exupery, "Fahrenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury, "Zorba the Greek" by Nikos Katzenzakis

People don't know I'm good at


My TED story

I found TED at a conference, and have been addicted since. It is amusing that there's a book on "How to Give a TED Talk." Silliness.

Favorite talks