Tara Maloney, Sammamish, WA
I was working in the lab of a biopharmaceutical company, developing drugs to treat rheumatoid arthritis, tumors, even cancer. But I kind of reached a plateau: I could either continue to work in the lab, or try something new.
That’s how I found what I was supposed to be doing with my life. On a whim, I began teaching chemistry and biology at Eastside Catholic High School, where I could challenge students to think about how science and religion complement each other.
I believe God puts us where we need to be. But how could I get my teaching certification while still teaching? I chose SPU’s graduate program because of the University’s vision to engage the culture and change the world. That’s what a teacher does every day.
—Tara Maloney, alumna