Tamah Wiegand was born on the south side of Chicago. She graduated from Evanston Township High School, receiving the League of Women’s Voters Citizenship award, recognizing the work that she had done tutoring younger students, helping to establish a day camp for Native American children in Chicago, and campaigning for equal housing on the north shore of Chicago.
After graduating from Connecticut College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, Tamah began teaching at the Brearley School in New York, NY, an independent school for girls in K-12. She started as an assistant teacher in the fifth grade and 31 years later, retired as the head of the middle school. In between, Tamah taught fifth grade history and geography, sixth grade English grammar, fifth through seventh grade English, and tenth grade American history.
Since retiring, Tamah has served as the vice president of the Gardiner Library Board of Trustees and has continued to tutor. She enjoys reading, gardening, and traveling, and has been especially fortunate to have traveled to every continent. For her, traveling is like being in another classroom where she has learned to appreciate diverse cultures, while, at the same time, recognizing that we share the same basic values.