Checking in With TEA’s Co-Founder, Taylor Simmers as He (Literally?) Drives Our Outreach Efforts

At TEA, as you know, we are intentionally using adversity to push students outside of their comfort zones (in supportive learning environments), where their learning really happens. Of course we are committed to helping our students thrive. And we have for many over the years. But that is not good enough, and our work remains unfinished. We also need to use our privilege to help students not as fortunate as our own who attend TEA, which is, what I call (and yes, I am biased), the best school in the world.

6th-Graders develop a first-hand sense of planetary and biologic evolution

How does the past influence the present and where do you exist in relation to the nexus of time? TEA 6th-graders tackled these questions and more during a recent trip to Berlin Ichthyosaur State Park.

Wa-She-Shu Da-ow-ga Historical Tour

The word “Tahoe” itself is a mispronunciation of the washoe word Da-ow-ga, meaning edge of the lake. So why do we continue to call it Tahoe? In this video project, we visited different sites around Tahoe that are now seen as touristy. We started with what we know about the landmark, white sandy beaches, vast green lawns, and summer fun. Then, we were lucky enough to work with Ben Rupert, a member of the Shoshone and Paiute tribes, who told us the Indigenous significance of the land.

Class of 2022 College Acceptances

Once again we are proud to celebrate acceptances to some of the world’s top colleges and universities. And as always, we are equally if not more proud that our students are off to colleges and universities that best meet their individual needs. 

2022 Millennium Scholarship Winners

Please join us in congratulating TEA seniors Bella Auerbach and Diego Martinez! Both recipients have been awarded $5000 grants in order to offset costs associated with their future endeavors. We are exceptionally proud of their accomplishments and contributions while at TEA and we are excited to support their next adventure.

TEA in the News!

Channel 2 News Reno joined us to learn more about culturally responsible tourism!

Ms. Steph’s Pre-K kiddos have been focusing on their 4 legged friends!

They talked with experts at the Pet Network, met Jackson the avalanche dog at Palisades Tahoe, and hosted an ER vet! Then they took action by holding a doggie treat bake sale to benefit the Truckee Tahoe Humane Society.

Matilda The Musical Re-cap: Video Recording, Photo Galleries and Appreciations

Our hearts and buckets are full with appreciation for the cast and crew behind the performance of “Matilda The Musical,” a captivating masterpiece that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life. Thank you Nina, Katie, Beth, Alex, Norah, Toby, Veronica and the parents of our cast!

TEA High School Student Honored for Poem in Asto-Poetry Contest

On April 23, 2022, Maya West, our very own 9th grader was honored in Reno at the Terry Wells Nevada Discovery Museum. Maya took 2nd place in her division in this year’s astropoetry contest sponsored by Tahoe Star Tours. Maya’s eloquent and beautiful poem beat out hundreds of other entries, and she won a pair of binoculars to boot! Excellent job, Maya!

We The People

As a capstone to their “We The People” project, our 5th-grade students ran a mock hearing with a panel of judges consisting of TEA faculty and administration. We hope you enjoy the video recording!

Lost Coast Trail – Learning How to Push Through Hard Things

In early March, the 8th-Grade students traveled to California’s Lost Coast. They embarked on a 26 mile backpacking trip, and worked together to persevere through physically challenging and demanding situations. While much of the trip focused on the physical aspect, we asked questions like: How and why would we push through hard things? What lessons can we learn and take away from working through challenging situations?

The academic focus of the trip honed in on aspects of travel writing. How do we write in a way that weaves in an emotional and physical aspect of an experience? How do we shed light on our personal perspective when experiencing a place?