LHS science teacher to give Class of 2020 commencement address

Thursday, May 21, 2020
Tara Moon

Tara Moon

Laurel High School’s 2020 commencement address speaker is LHS Chemistry, Chemistry 2 and Physics teacher Tara Moon. She is originally from Forsyth and was the valedictorian of her 2007 graduating class. After graduating from Carroll College with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and a minor in math, she attended graduate school at MSU-Billings, earning her Master’s of Education in Curriculum and Instruction.

Moon has been a full–time teacher since 2014 and did her student teaching in the Laurel School District. She was also a long-term sub before being hired as fulltime staff.

She had her second child last summer and stays busy raising her daughter and son with her husband.

Moon said it has been a challenge this spring to translate the hands–on aspects of science into an online medium.

“I created some at home labs and made videos of me doing them so if students didn’t have supplies they could watch. We have used Google Classroom all year, so that transition was easy. But I miss teaching them face to face. I miss the interactions and being able to watch them learn.”

Moon said the Class of 2020 is special to her because she student–taught them when they were 7th graders.

“Even if I didn’t have them in a class in high school, I know almost all of them. I have taught some of them three and even four years. I have enjoyed seeing their journey through high school and I am honored to be a part of their graduation ceremony.”

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