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Special education worker aiding Carmel High’s students in gym and classroom

Published Sept. 5, 2023

BY GRAYDEN MILLER

Erin Tarr, the special education department’s new instructional aid and adaptive physical education teacher, is newly employed at Carmel High with a passion for helping students.

Tarr began teaching about 20 years ago as a physical education teacher at a middle school in Salinas, moved to Carmel to start a family and returned to teaching about five years ago as a substitute teacher. She’s been at Carmel Middle School for the past three years as an instructional aid for a special day class for students with moderate to severe disabilities and other classes helping students with disabilities.

Erin Tarr spends her day assisting students and other teachers in the special education classroom. (photo by GRAYDEN MILLER)

The special education teacher’s new position at the high school follows a 40% adaptive physical education schedule, where she assists as an instructional aid in the special education classroom. 

“I love getting to know students,” says Tarr. “I love getting to know their personalities, their background, making a difference in their lives.”

Tarr attended Chico State and earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education with an emphasis in adaptive physical education. Carmel High’s adaptive physical education position was the first offered to her, and she wanted to try it.

Above all else, Tarr describes her favorite thing about her new position as being involved in the school community and helping her students become a part of the community.

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