National Spokesperson:
Tamara Allard

Tamara graduated Magnum Cum Laude from Washington State University (WSU) in May of 2018 with dual Bachler degrees in psychology and kinesiology. At WSU she served as a teaching assistant and a project coordinator in two WSU research laboratories; The Exercise Physiology and Performance Laboratory and The Gartstien Temperament Laboratory. In the fall of 2018 she started a graduate program in Developmental Psychology at the University of Maryland where she studies memory and brain development in 4 to 8-year-old children. 

 
Education has evolved into an important facet of Tamara’s life, but years ago she was just a little girl who almost failed the second grade. Shortly after turning seven, she discovered that she was suffering from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Tamara’s struggle inspired her to become an advocate for college readiness and to connect students with the resources that will help them overcome their scholastic challenges.
 
In 2015, Tamara conducted an interview series with educators up and down the west coast. Using these relationships and her background in psychology, she developed and delivered a speaking campaign designed to connect with students from Kindergarten to 12th grade. Tamara’s speaking campaign highlights 3 points that align with National Higher Education Day’s goals: encourage a growth mindset, emphasize independent learning, spur career interests that spark academic passion.
 
Due to Tamara’s alignment with National Higher Education Day’s mission, in 2017 she was named the National Spokesperson for NHED. As National Spokesperson, she has continued her speaking campaign and has become an advocate for the NHED cause. You can follow Tamara’s journey on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and on her personal blog. If you wish to have Tamara present at your school send us an email via the Contact Us tab.

  

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Founder: ​​
Izamar Olaguez

Growing up Izamar was not privy to an affluent back ground.  
Following her high school graduation, she felt she was powerless to achieve her dreams of becoming college educated: so she got a dead-end job to help her family make ends meet. What little ambition she had was overshadowed by the daunting reality that college was not in her future.  Then, one day her life was changed forever! She was discovered by a volunteer within the Miss America Organization, a scholarship program that would help her achieve a higher education. 

Izamar's life experiences have inspired her to advocate for the accessibility of higher education. She designed a program called Knowledge Is Power and conducted an educational speaking campaign advocating her message that college is for everyone. Izamars campaign has reached grammar school, high school and college students along with adults about the overwhelming benefits of obtaining a college degree.

In 2016, she partnered with California Senate Republican Leader, Jean Fuller in an effort to make college more affordable. Miss Olaguez and Senator Fuller wrote a California State Resolution that promotes the ideals that college is for everyone. The senators believe in her campaign so deeply they voted to make June Higher Education Month in the State of California!

On a national level, Izamar is the founder and creator of National Higher Education Day on June 6th. On this day, it is her goal for the entire nation to recognize that college is for everyone, how to make it more affordable and how it will dramatically benefit your future. This nationally recognized day has enabled Izamar to share her story across our nation! Now, more than ever, individuals need to realize they too can live the American dream. 
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