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Ms. Tara Lausman


Position at SACA:
Science Instructor

I received my Bachelor of Science from the University of Arizona in 2007. I majored in Molecular and Cellular Biology and minored in Science Education. Currently, I am working on my Masters of Science in General Biology. While I was completing my undergraduate degree, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to participate in a volunteer project in Costa Rica. For two weeks, I lived and worked on a reserve called Kekoldi Indigenous Reserve in southeastern Costa Rica near a town called Puerto Viejo. In the project, we collected birds out of mist nets (nets with very fine holes) and collected information about the birds. After we had collected the necessary information, the birds were released back into the wild. I really enjoyed the project because I was able to actually hold a bird called the long-billed hermit. There’s a picture of one below:

After the volunteer project, we traveled around the country and I was able to do activities like whitewater rafting and repelling down a waterfall.

Although I have mostly grown up in Arizona, I have also lived in 5 other states: Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Wisconsin and Illinois. I moved to Tucson in 2007, for college, and have stayed here ever since.

I enjoy reading, photography, and traveling. I have had the opportunity to travel to China, where I saw the Great Wall of China, the Forbidden City and the Terra Cotta Warriors. Two summers ago, I traveled to Greece where I was able to see the Parthenon.

I look forward to the beginning of the school year and am very excited about what this year will bring!