Hello families and students!
My name is Ms. Tara Holaday, and I am the High School science teacher at Texas School for the Deaf (TSD). I currently hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Bio-Medical Sciences and a Master of Science degree in Deaf Education from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in Rochester, New York . During my schooling, I was the research intern at the National Center for the Deaf Health Research (NCDHR) and the Teacher Assistant at RIT/NTID. As a TA, I assisted students in labs with their lab procedure and using equipment as well as tutoring students with math calculations and lab written reports.
Before I took the teaching job at TSD, I previously taught in Arizona as a middle school/high school math and science teacher. Outside of my teaching time at TSD, I coach the middle school girls' volleyball team and read non-fiction novels. My two favorite books are: "Against Medical Advice" by James Patterson and "Glass Castle" by Jeanette Walls.
I am a die hard fan of all sports. Sports have always been a passion of mine. I love the competition. Growing up, I was involved with basketball, volleyball, soccer, golf, softball, and track. In college, I played Division III basketball for the RIT women's team. Now, I am trying to pick up tips and cues of how to play disc golf. It is an interesting experience to utilize your judgement and the specific techniques at all times.
I, however, am not a big fan of surprises. I mean, ANY surprises--good or bad surprises. I love to know the facts, be certain, and always be prepared for anything that come in the way. It makes me feel like I am in control of the situation. So, please don't show up to my door with an unexpected puppy as a gift. I may not know what to do with it. :)
This year I will be teaching Physics and Forensic Science. The Forensic Science course will be unique this year as it will be the first time collaborating with RIT/NTID as a part of the dual credit program. The qualified students will be given the opportunity to enroll in RIT/NTID technical course taught at TSD to receive college credits. I am very excited to see the positive results at the end of the year!
My goal as an educator this year is to help students realize their potential and engage them into the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) field. Being involved in the STEM field will allow the students to gain perspectives of the science process, use logical reasonings and evidence, and to solve real world problems.
Let's have a great year. Go Rangers! (And Chicago Bears!)
"The Science of today is the technology of ." - Edward Teller