Helping to Heal Trauma in the Times of COVID and Social Unrest

Tanya Novak discusses how she is helping to heal trauma in times of COVID and social unrest.
Tanya Novak has been an educator for over 37 years in the field of English as a Second/Foreign Language. She has taught ESL in the Minneapolis and Anoka Hennepin School Districts, and EFL in Brazil and Germany. Tanya was a Rotary International Youth Exchange Student to Belo Horizonte, Brazil from 1976-77, which led her to major in Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Minnesota. She obtained a master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language from the University of Minnesota and taught there for 13 years before completing a teacher certification program at Hamline University.
Tanya's primary hobby is gardening, for which she received the 2016 “Best Residential Garden” award from Metro Blooms. She has created three public gardens at the University of Minnesota, her apartment building in Germany, and Evergreen Park Elementary in Brooklyn Center. Tanya lives with her four cats who adamantly refuse to help weed the gardens.
Tanya’s “Tiger Sanctuary” recently appeared in the Star Tribune and in a CXX Media video.