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Dear families and students,

 

My name is 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. 

 

 

This year I will be teaching Biology and Forensic Science. The Forensic Science course will be unique this year as we will be 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 tomorrow." - Edward Teller