- Upper Division
By Tia Woods, High School English Teacher
Tell us about yourself:
I was born and raised in Denver. I attended the Denver JDS Lower Division - back when it was called Herzl - for elementary school. I bet you can find my photo with the rest of the 6th grade continuation photos on the second floor of the LD building. After that, I went to Denver Public Schools (I am the fourth generation to graduate from Denver Public Schools). I took a year to study and work in Israel and then went to college. I attended Brandeis University in Massachusetts, where I graduated with high honors with a Bachelor's Degree with two majors and two minors. I had a really awesome boss in college, so when he offered me a job at the company he had recently moved to, I jumped at the chance. I was a lighting technician for plays, musicals, movies, commercials, music videos, events, and touring shows. Ask me sometime about the time I came to work and there were bears in my office - because it was the only place with walls and a door.
After a personal trauma, and the events of 9/11, I decided that I wanted to be at home with my family, and I moved home to Denver. I went back to school to get my teaching degree, and then a Master's Degree from the University of Denver. I have been teaching ever since then, this is my 17th year (and 15 of those were in one place). I love what I do, and I hope that every student learns at least a few new things from me each year.
Why do you work at Denver JDS?
I chose to leave my last school to come to Denver JDS because I believe in Jewish Education, I believe that students are amazing no matter where they are, and because I have wanted to teach at Denver JDS for many years. This was the perfect time to come to Denver JDS.
Ask me about: (interesting hobbies, etc.)
I am married and have 2 small children. They are both students in the Lower Division. I am sure you will meet them at some time. In my free time, I spend time with my family. My kids and husband. My parents and my in-laws. My aunts, uncles, and cousins. My close friends who might as well be related to me. I believe that family is important, and so when I am not in school, I am with family. If I have time beyond all that, I like to camp, travel, and ride horses. These are all things I have done since I was a child, and I keep working on each of them.