TOM Talks are STA’s emulation of TED Talks. While TED Talks present on “ideas worth spreading,” TOM Talks center on a theme applicable to our unique STA community.
Ron Holtz, Biology Teacher
Biology teacher Ron Holtz took center stage in the St. Thomas Aquinas gymnasium and launched the inaugural TOM Talk. The current TOM Talk theme asks the presenter to answer the question, “What drives you?” To the full STA community, Mr. Holtz responded with his answer. The idea that everyone, everybody has a truth is what drives me. And when you find that truth, well, that is where beauty lies.
Click here to view Mr. Holtz's TOM Talk.
Julie Verde, Math Teacher
Another TOM Talk that was special from beginning to end was one shared by beloved math teacher, Julie Verde. Mrs. Verde took a moment to acknowledge what drives her. By backpedaling through her journey of life, Mrs. Verde gave our community insight into her values, her personality, and her faith.
Click here to view Mrs. Verde's TOM Talk.
Dave Couture, Theology Teacher
Everyone understands what it’s like to have a pebble in one’s shoe. A small object that often arrives unsolicited and becomes a large irritant. If left unattended, it can create great discomfort and, eventually, great pain. Sometimes a pebble can be a good metaphor for life’s wounds.
STA Theology teacher Dave Couture (also a St. Thomas Aquinas alum) presented a TOM Talk and answered the formidable question, “What drives me?” His answer (predictable to those who know him well) was… family.
Click here to view Mr. Couture's TOM Talk.
Molly Wade, Director of Marketing and Communications
"Today at STA, as part of our series of TOM Talks, Mrs. Molly Wade spoke with her passion and her smile as she told over 450 rapt students and faculty about her "best friend" -- God. But it was so much more than that. It was a clarion call to the assembled STA family to remember their worth: no matter what kind of curve balls life throws at you, she said, you're still you and that "you" is valuable." -Principal Collins
Click here to view Mrs. Wade's TOM Talk.
Mrs. Angela Garcia, Owner AG Fitness
"Be a Game Changer." With this directive, Mrs. Angela Garcia ((mother of Diego and Iggy ’20 and owner of AG Fitness) challenged our STA community to focus not on what to be but rather who to be. “If you’re ever in doubt on how to be a game changer, St. Francis of Assisi made a cheat sheet: Where there is hatred, let me bring love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light, and where there is sadness, joy.”
Click here to view Mrs. Garcia's TOM Talk.
Mr. Lucas Gabriel, STA Alumnus, Class of 2012
"How is your soul?" With his charm and candor, STA alumnus Lucas Gabriel recalls when this first question was posed to him years ago. He also addresses the thought-provoking question of makes him him more than anyone else. Through years of self-reflection- and cultivating his passion/talent for dance- Lucas shares his journey with our Community of Saints.
Click here to view Mr. Gabriel's TOM Talk.
Mrs. Tammy Carignan, Ironman Triathlete
Another TOM Talk inspired our STA community today as Ironman Triathlete Tammy Carignan (also mother of Allison '19 and Katie '22) shared her story and reminded our students that with faith and preparation, anything is possible.
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Mr. Patrick Hureau, History Teacher, STA Alumnus
Inspired by teacher Gene Belleveau when he attended St. Thomas Aquinas as student, Patrick Hureau decided to choose the same career. In his TOM Talk, Mr. Hureau shared with our community his story- a story of health, illness, recovery... and family.
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Kristin Anton, Director of BioInformatics at Dartmouth's Geisel School of Medicine
An impressive professional, role model and today’s TOM Talk Presenter, Kristin Anton has combined her aptitude in math and science with her interest in data science to make significant contributions in cancer research and space technology. Thank you, Ms. Anton, for inspiring and reminding our Saints to consider the plethora of ways in which they can apply their interests, aptitude and skills to impact the world.
Click here to view Ms. Anton's talk.
Dr. Sue Pike, STEM teacher, Environmentalist, Nature Columnist
Our favorite environmentalist got down to earth in a TOM Talk and shared how her circuitous life journey has led her to Ghana. A veterinarian, a research scientist, then a teacher. These were all things Dr. Pike thought she wanted to be. But her sage advice to our Saints- "Find out what drives you. Nothing is set in stone. What you think you want to do when you're young changes all the time." - is a timeless reminder to us all.
Click here to view Dr. Pike's talk
Fr. Andrew Nelson, Pastor of St. Ignatius of Loyola - St. Mary
We are grateful to Fr. Andrew Nelson for presenting his own TOM Talk, for inviting our students to share their faith perspective with him and for reminding all of us at STA that- in listening- we can encounter God. And that sometimes, He whispers.
An extra bonus? A special visit by Bandit! Follow him on Instagram! @holybandini #holybandini
Click here to view Fr. Andrew's talk.