TEA Alumni Panel: December 2022

Our TEA Alumni Panel is a beloved annual event where participants hear directly from our former students! This year we had representatives from TEA’s 2018 and 2022 graduating classes answering parent and student questions on a wide range of topics including how their experience/s at TEA have impacted their success in college and work.

A Simple Idea: Using Computer Science for Good

This Computer Science course for middle school students was designed around a simple question to ask and a complex one to solve: What website or app could we create to positively impact our community?

Mindfulness in Art

The students worked through various challenges, all while practicing patience and learning about the design process through thumbnail sketching, iteration, and final execution. We can’t wait to see the finished products at the upcoming Celebration of Arts!

What does it mean to be a citizen?

TEA 10th graders explored this question on a recent trip to Washington D.C. They gained knowledge together in comprehensive tours of museums, by exploring the city on bike, by paddling the Potomac, by metro, and on foot, and in conversations with engaging and insightful locals.

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.

2021-22 Yearbook

Congratulations to the Yearbook class on producing another epic volume of the TEA Yearbook. Here’s a digital flipbook version for all to enjoy!

The Water Song: Performed by the 2022 2nd-Grade Crew

This Water Song was written to express loving gratitude for the water and raise the consciousness and connection with Mother Nature’s greatest gift.