TOM Talks

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. 


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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. Garica's TOM Talk.