Mr. Taratuta's Class!

7th Grade Science at Grand Rapids University Prep Academy



My name is Daniel Taratuta and I will be teaching 7th grade Science this year.  I would like to welcome you and your child to the 7th grade!  This is my third year teaching at GRUPA after graduating in December of 2009.  I earned my degree from Ferris State University-Grand Rapids with a major in Education and minors in Science and Social Studies.

A little background information: I grew up on the east side of the state and graduated from Tecumseh High School in Tecumseh, MI.  After high school I moved to Grand Rapids in order to pursue my career goal of being an educator and to play basketball collegiately at GRCC.  I then transferred to Ferris State University to finish my degree.  My wife, Megan, and I married in February of 2010 and bought a house in Lowell.  Our first addition to the family was our yellow lab puppy, Riley.  She keeps us busy, but we love her!  Our second edition (a baby boy) will be here in December and we are very excited to have our first child.  We really enjoy the Grand Rapids area and plan to stay for a long time. I enjoy spending time with family and friends, staying active, camping, and being outside.  

Throughout my education, I have had many valuable experiences in learning how to be a quality educator.  I understand the importance of a teacher being a positive role model and I take that responsibility very seriously.  My goal is to help every student reach their full potential, and I will work my hardest to help them in doing so.  I believe it is important to accommodate to each child by using differentiation and a variety of teaching strategies that will provide the opportunity for them to thrive in each of their own learning styles.

I encourage you to stay involved in your child’s education and do not hesitate to come to me with any questions, concerns, or comments.  I am looking forward to a great year and I can’t wait to get to know you and your child. See you all soon!

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The phone number to my classroom is (616) 819-3352.

My room number at UPrep is 220.

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