Austin, TX (STL.News) Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Tara Turk-Zaafran to the Texas Historical Records Advisory Board for a term set to expire on February 1, 2023. Additionally, the Governor reappointed Jelain Chubb and Malinda L. Cowen for terms set to expire on February 1, 2025 and February 1, 2024, respectively. The board works to improve archival and records storage conditions throughout the state and ensures that permanent records documenting Texas’ history as a colony, province, republic and state are preserved for future generations.
Tara Turk-Zaafran of Houston is the Head of Social Studies and Head of Middle School Religious Studies at ILM Academy, where she teaches social studies for grades 6th, 7th, and 8th. She also helped develop the school’s social studies and religious studies curricula. Additionally, she leads the school’s interfaith program, which connects students at Houston-area Christian, Jewish, and Islamic schools. She actively works with Jerusalem Peace Builders, and previously was a chemistry and biology teacher at public and private schools in Texas and Florida. Turk-Zaafran received a degree in microbiology and immunology from the University of Miami Coral Gables, and a Master of Education from the University of Houston. She is currently pursuing a third degree, a Master of Arts in Religious Education, at the Chicago Theological Seminary.