It’s a Calling
Tara Nicholas was meant to be an educator. Her father, a long-time Middletown educator himself, inspired her to go in to education. She is fully dedicated to the broad and diverse community of Middletown and plans to be here for a long time.
Following in Her Father’s Footsteps
Tara has lived in Middletown for 45 year, attending Lincroft Elementary, Thompson Middle School (while her father, Pat Houston, was the Assistant Principal) and Middletown South High School. She briefly left Middletown to attend Clemson University. After spending a semester in Spain and graduating in 1994, Tara returned to Middletown for a teaching position at Navesink Elementary. Not long after, she became the guidance counselor at Nutswamp, Fairview and Middletown Village Elementary Schools. Later, she became Guidance Counselor at Middletown South HS and is now the Assistant Principal for Guidance at both High Schools in Middletown.
Tara’s two children attend Middletown South and she is their Assistant Principal, just as her Dad was hers. When asked how the family handles that situation, she says, “It has it’s perks!”
Patrick Houston was one of the most beloved teachers and administrators in the Middletown Board of Education. He served as a Social Studies Teacher, Guidance Counselor, Assistant Principal, Principal and Acting Superintendent of Schools.
Just for Fun:
Q: Who is the most interesting person you’ve met here in your community?
A: Bruce Springsteen- while bartending Bruce’s Halloween party at his house in Colts Neck. It was the year the Yankees played the Mets in the World Series. And as a bonus, I also met Bon Jovi, who sang at the party and Al Leiter, pitcher for the New York Mets.
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be? And why?
A: Definitely Ireland. All four of my grandparents are from Ireland making me a 2nd generation American.
Q: What is your favorite local restaurant, and what do you love there?
A: Copper Canyon is my favorite. I love the chicken quesadilla, the salsa and the guacamole. Front Street Trattoria is also a family favorite.
Q: What advice would you give a crowd of people?
A: Listen to people! Listen to one another more closely!
Q: What is something on your bucket list?
A: I would love to go to Napa Valley……..for the bike riding, of course. I would also like to go scuba diving.
Q: What is your favorite thing or something unique about Middletown?
A: Middletown in one community made up of 12 individual communities with individual neighborhood schools.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years?
A: Still in Middletown – the beach, the shopping, the proximity to NYC – I would not live anywhere else. The people are great! And in 5 to 10 years, I hope to still be working for the Middletown Board of Education.
Q: What is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
A: I’ve run three marathons – Disney Marathon, New York Marathon and the Marine Corp Marathon. Since becoming an administrator, my running has gone by the wayside, but I would love to get back to it.
Q: What 3 words or phrases come to mind when you think of the word HOME?
A: Family, Beach and Love