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Mrs. Tanya Rush
Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray. Rumi -
I am in my 2nd year of teaching in Middleton, previously I worked three years at an IB school in Boise. I have the best of both worlds by being a middle school PE/Health and Atlas educator. I have consistently taught grades 6-12.
Through my five years of teaching, I developed a program with BSU Kinesiology department with my previous professors to enhance cross-curricular student learning between the university and students. I also created a community outreach program with newly arrived refugees, and developed students networking skills to help implement change in the community for the better. Other projects I lead included creating three murals for the school parking lot with local artists, creating YouTube videos, organizing school wide events for Earth Day, developing an alternative transportation raffle through donations from local businesses, teaching the students the importance of supporting local businesses, and exposing students to community debates at the City Club of Boise. Other avenues established with and for the students were building a rapport with Idaho Power, with Curb It, with Boise International Market, and with the Idaho Green Challenge. In addition, I developed a club mountain bike team for three years at my previous school, and created the school’s first high/middle school Ultimate Frisbee team at both schools.
I am super excited to be a part of the Mastery Program that Atlas was awarded through a grant. I get the opportunity to teach a variety of workshops. Students get to experience exercising as play, listening and creating podcasts, creating business proposals and networking in the community. I am also thrilled to be teaching 6th graders and Lifetime Sports this year. I love teaching students to “think outside the box” and that being active as a lifestyle is purely a blast.
When I am not teaching, I love playing being outdoors mountain biking, hiking, playing tennis, or camping. I thoroughly enjoy traveling, my most recent trip was to Peru. I love doing these adventures with my spouse and two dogs, Bear and Teeko.