Staff Spotlight

DACC Staff Spotlight: Tom Dyer, Career Based Intervention 9&10 Instructor

Tom Dyer is in his second year teaching at DACC. Previously, he taught in the Marion City School District for 10 years and worked in the retail industry in various management positions for 20 years.

Seeing his students come full circle is just one reason Tom is a teacher. “I had a student in Marion that had a very challenging childhood. He was able to graduate from high school and he received the opportunity to serve in the U.S. Marines. Three years after he graduated, he contacted me while he was home for a short time period. He wanted to come in and speak to my students about how, despite having many challenges, he was able to graduate from high school and make his life better. He shared with them many of the issues he had to overcome. I was beyond proud of him and what he had become. He is still serving and is planning on making the Marines his career. The nice thing about that story, is it is one of many.”

Tom and his wife, Mollie, have been married 28 years. They have four adult children ranging in ages from 18 to 27. They enjoy planning family trips so they can all hang out together. He and his wife have a Beagle/Blue Heeler mix named Striker and a Golden Retriever named Rosie.

Tom enjoys anything that gets him out of his house and out of town and in the woods. He and Mollie created a goal 3 years ago to visit all the US National Parks. They presently have visited 3 and plan on visiting 6 more this summer.

Favorite Quote: “Between every two pines is a door way to a new world.” John Muir