Tim Talty is finishing his 20th year as an educator at Lorna Byrne Middle School, where he has taught earth, life and physical science along with elective courses such as drama, leadership, video production, computer technology, yearbook and physical education.
In addition to classroom instruction Tim has also co-coordinated the SMILE Club (Science and Math Investigative Learning Experiences) for 11 years. The SMILE Club supports student interest in the areas of science and math with team-based, hands-on engineering challenges. The program is sponsored by Oregon State University.
Tim’s educational background includes a bachelor’s of science degree in biology from Denison University in Granville, OH (1987), a year of graduate coursework in microbiology at Glasgow University in Glasgow, Scotland (1987-88), and a master’s degree in education from University of Oregon in Eugene, OR (1999).
A desire to earn a more rounded education and explore the world led Tim to a Rotary Foundation Scholarship for International Study in 1988. During that time he served as an “ambassador of goodwill” in which he gave presentations to Rotary Clubs around Scotland and attended Glasgow University.
More recently, Tim earned an “Asset Builder Award” from The Josephine County Commission on Children and Families (2002). Tim’s passions include craft brewing and alternative energy. He hopes to soon combine the two and open an alternative energy based nanobrewery in Takilma, OR.