Mr. Tarkany joined the VCOE team in 1998. As the Coordinator of Student Competitions, he directly oversees the Ventura County Academic Decathlon, Mock Trial, Robotics and Science Fair competitions. In addition, Mr. Tarkany is responsible for the Impact II and Teacher of the Year programs, and administering the High School Equivalency testing for Ventura County Correctional Facilities.
Before coming to VCOE, Mr. Tarkany was the Circulation Marketing Manager for the Ventura County Star. Mr. Tarkany also served in the U.S. Army from 1985 to 1988 as an Airframe Structural Repairman on helicopters and in the California Army National Guard from 1988 to 1995 as an Assistant Gunner on an M110 Howitzer.
Mr. Tarkany holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) as well as a Single Subject Teaching Credential in Business Management.