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Meet Tom Sylva, Head Athletic Trainer at Highlands Ranch High School

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NameTom Sylva
PositionHead Athletic Trainer
SchoolHighlands Ranch
How many years have you been at your DCSD school?
11 years 
Where did you go to school?
Seattle Pacific University
What is your favorite thing about working at your school?
Working with down to earth people
What is your best memory while working at your DCSD school?
Being on the dunk tank at a school carnival
What are some other professional experiences you have had?
Worked in 4 high schools in Seattle
; Worked in 2 PT clinics; 
Worked in PT clinic with the PT from Seattle Mariners and taking part in their rehab; Worked in HS in Texas; Worked in mountain glacier safety/search ad rescue
; Worked at youth soccer summer camps
; Worked rugby tournaments; 
Off season camps for Seattle Seahawks and Sonics; Worked at Seattle Pacific University
What are you surprisingly good at?
Working with so many feet
What is the biggest proof that you are good at what you do?
The number of students who graduate and come back to let me know I made an impact in their lives
What is your biggest accomplishment?
I convinced and helped coordinate a Texas HS football coach adjust his outdoor practices to indoor due to heat index issues
What would you do even if you didn’t get paid to do it?
Be an outdoor gear tester for hiking/backcountry companies
Family details:
Married, 2 dogs