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Tanya Smart, Adjunct Environmental Science and Biology Professor, Mendocino Campus

What do you love most about teaching at CR?
The best part of teaching is the interaction with the students. This is both the motivation and the reward.

What do you love most about your discipline?
The most enjoyable aspects of teaching Environmental Science are the opportunities to explore the concepts in the real world on field trips, and the avenues to apply critical thinking skills to relevant and timely subjects.

Tanya Smart has taught Environmental Science and Biology courses at College of the Redwoods Mendocino Coast since 2003. She is a CR Alumni, receiving her AA Degree at the Eureka Campus in 1977. She received a BS in Biological Sciences in 1980 from the University of California at Davis and a MA Degree in Zoology in 1982. The focus of her Master?s degree was Behavioral and Theoretical Ecology. Tanya was a Staff Research Associate at UC Davis and at the University of Colorado for 13 years in various Developmental Biology and Embryology Labs before discovering that she loved teaching more than research.  She developed and presented 'non-traditional' education programs as Director of Education at the Marine Mammal Center, Education Intern at the Denver Zoo and Director of Education for the Colorado Wildlife Federation.  Tanya currently serves as President of the Board, volunteer coordinator and Program Chair for the Point Cabrillo Lightkeeper's Association, and as a rescue volunteer with the Marine Mammal Center.  She sings with the College of the Redwoods Community Chorus, the Mendocino Womens? Choir and the Treble'd Women. She and her husband focus their vacations on traveling to see wildlife. In her spare time, Tanya enjoys playing with her pets, husband, and garden, though not necessarily in that order.