The TIPS program provides new teachers with personalized support that equips them to provide high quality instruction to engage students and foster excellence for the unique student population of SUHSD.
See the TIPS flyer for more information about the program.
Tara started her teaching career in the Sequoia Union High School District in 2009. She taught at Menlo-Atherton in the Special Education Department before taking on a full time assignment at the Sequoia District Office as an Instructional Coach and TIPS Coach. In her time with the district, she has enjoyed roles as a co-teacher, Special Education Department Chair, WASC Group leader, Summer School Principal, Compass Coordinator and Special Ed-Program Specialist. She has additionally served as a BTSA Support Provider for Ed Specialists in San Mateo County. Tara specializes supporting both Ed Specialists and Gen Ed teachers on classroom management, co-teaching, and implementing UDL strategies.
Joe has taught over seven years as a science teacher at Woodside High School, where he has spent his entire teaching career. He has taught Integrated Science in a SDAIE model, a mainstream model, and in a small learning community, which catered toward special education students. In addition to that, Joe has taught both regular biology and advanced standing biology. This is Joe's second year as a TIPS mentor, where he is assisting teachers in planning lessons and helping them develop better classroom management skills.
Ana began at the Sequoia District as an Instructional Associate at Menlo-Atherton High School in 2007. Working with struggling 9th and 10th graders inspired her to pursue her teaching certification, and she quickly transitioned into a teaching role in 2008. Since then, she has taught various levels of 9th, 11th, and 12th grade English; AVID I, II, III, and IV; and Journalism I, II, and III. Ana joined the TIPS team in 2016, where she hopes to provide new teachers with the same outstanding support that she herself received as a TIPS participant.
During my 23 years teaching at Woodside I have most enjoyed working with freshman. I like the challenge inherent in welcoming and guiding ninth graders through their first year of high school as well as the reward of assisting in their exponential growth. Whether in on of my Biology, AIS, Algebra I or AVID I classes, the curiosity, enthusiasm and potential my freshman students bring with them every day remain the magnets that keep me attracted to teaching.
I have also been fortunate to work closely with many colleagues during my tenure, and it is from these relationships that I have experienced my greatest professional growth. My first team experience was with an inter-disciplinary group that created and sustained the Freshman Houses Program for many years. During that time, I also worked with an intra-district team to develop our district’s original Advanced Integrated Science course. Following that, I partnered with colleagues in the Students Offering Support Program to continue focusing on ninth graders through the Freshman Transition Program. For the past four years, I have teamed with AVID teachers to help hundreds of students get ready for college.
Being a TIPS advisor combines my two favorite aspects of teaching. I am thrilled to be working with “freshman” teachers who bring much excitement, creative ideas and fresh perspective to their new careers.