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Who We Are: Tamara Nimkoff, PhD

Fiscal and Contracts Lead
Tamara Nimkoff

“Being a thoughtful steward of the funds within the Region 14 Comprehensive Center supports our ability to be as strategic as possible in our impact on educators, students, and families across Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas.”


About Tamara Nimkoff


Tamara supports the Region 14 Comprehensive Center in using financial information to improve project decisions and performance. She has spent years serving clients in technical assistance, designing and conducting studies, and working in special education and with English language learners here and abroad. This background allows for a unique perspective as Tamara works behind-the-scenes at our Center to manage a large federally funded budget in a strategic and responsible way.

With over 20 years of experience conducting and managing research and evaluation projects in education, she is also experienced in quantitative and qualitative research methods, including survey design and methodology, case studies, interviews, focus groups, document review, and data analysis. Her background in capacity-building and supporting state education agency clients has allowed for the use of high-quality data to improve programs and outcomes for students.


Career Highlights

  • Across many projects, Tamara has supported state- and local-level educators to identify, implement, and sustain effective evidence-based procedures to improve outcomes for students and their families.

  • Tamara managed research and evaluation activities for an international professional development program for educators working with students with learning differences. Her responsibilities included research design and implementation, collaboration with stakeholders, dissemination of results, curriculum development, and instruction.

  • Early in her career, Tamara conducted learning assessments and provided instruction for children and adults with a focus on remediation, functional literacy, and English as a second language.

Areas of Expertise

  • Special Education

  • Program Improvement

  • Technical Assistance

  • Quantitative and Qualitative Data Use

  • Project Management


  • PhD, Educational Psychology, Measurement and Evaluation, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • MA, Special Education, University of Georgia

  • BA, Sociology, University of Georgia

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