Taya Lazootin, MS Geography
“My favorite thing about teaching Geography is that it creates a deeper connection between students and the world around them.”
As a Geography Professor here at MiraCosta College, I teach courses that focus on earth science, climate change, environmental policy, and cultural geography. I encourage healthy discussion and open communication in the classroom, and hope that all my students leave my class having a greater appreciation for this beautiful and amazing planet.
I have 17 years of experience in education, including teaching, managing, and training teachers at the elementary and middle school level, as well as teaching earth science and environmental policy courses as a professor. I have 12 years of experience in water quality, hydrology, and ecological assessments of inland and coastal habitats. I have served on the Board of San Diego Coastkeeper as the President and Secretary and have volunteered for WiLDCOAST and Surfrider over the last 12 years.
My current passions and interests include sustainable fisheries, aquaculture, marine and estuarine protected area management, habitat restoration and water quality. I am also deeply interested in getting a better understanding of how plastics impact the environment, including human development and our DNA throughout our lifetime. Check out my website www.imnoplasticgirl.com to learn more about reducing your plastic use!
- BA Psychology, San Diego State University, 2000
- California Teaching Credential, California State University San Marcos, 2002
- Master of Science, Watershed Science and Geography, San Diego State, 2015