Ms. Tari Trexler

Computer/Media Teacher

Faculty Member Since: February, 2009

Hometown: Phoenix, AZ


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What is your favorite memory of being in school?
All of it! I absolutely loved school. From elementary, to junior high, right through high school and college. I’m not going to say I didn’t struggle from time to time, but almost every day I woke up excited to go to school! However, I’d have to say my favorite memory of school was while attending high school in Texas. During those few years, I learned what true school spirit was all about. You haven’t experienced a football game until you’ve done it in Texas!! As a member of the varsity dance team, football season was our craziest time of year. Everything from decorating the players’ lockers on Monday, to the pep rally on Friday afternoon was over the top; the air was electric. I was fortunate to have been exposed to that level of school spirit. It was like nothing I’d ever seen.

What do you value most about St. Patrick?
I love the community feeling here at St. Patrick’s. I am lucky that I get to teach all of the students, so I get to know each sibling. It allows me to get to know a family on a much larger scale. Also, I get to see the students grow from year to year in my classroom. Also, walking around campus seeing parents volunteering and being able to actually know their names is a wonderful change when I was used to teaching 1300 middle school kids. That sense of community and family is what I value most.

Who or what inspires you most?
My sisters and my students inspire me most. My sisters because they are all very different. Each one has different talents, and they are all incredibly kind and great moms to my five amazing nieces and nephews. My students inspire me daily, because they are full of excellent ideas and tips and tricks that they share with me regarding technology. It’s rare when you get to learn so much from your students regarding your subject matter. I think they enjoy the fact that it’s a two way street as much as I do.

What do you like to do in your free time?
I run half-marathons, I travel, and I take naps…seriously, naps are my favorite.

What is the best advice you have ever received?
Travel, travel, and then travel some more. On a more practical note, always keep a back up. You never know when a computer’s blue screen of death might show up.