Graphic by Josh Haik ('24)
Atara: What inspired you to go into Forensics? What do you love about it?
Mr. Toms: I was asked to do it at my previous school so I went to train with other Crime Scene Technicians and was certified in multiple areas. I loved getting to teach police officers and lab scientists different areas of forensic science.
Atara: Where are you from? Can you tell us a little about your childhood?
Mr. Toms: Ohio. I’m an only child.
Atara: How do you feel about being an only child?
Mr. Toms: I didn't have to share my stuff…lol. But seriously, I've got two daughters and they are best friends so I am sad that I missed out on that. I am close with my wife’s family so that’s always been special to me.
Atara: What do you love about KYHS so far?
Mr. Toms: Everyone is legitimately so nice and kind, all the students and teachers are so welcoming and it feels like they really want me here.
Atara: What are you excited for about this school year?
Mr. Toms: Getting to teach forensics again will be fun since I haven’t done it in four years.
Atara: What are some of your hobbies and things you like to do in your free time?
Mr. Toms: I raced top alcohol dragster cars for 20 years. I raced for money. I had my own car but once my kids started playing travel soccer I quit so that I don’t miss their games and time spent with my family.
Atara: What is your biggest accomplishment?
Mr. Toms: My two children.
Atara: If you could choose one place to travel to, where would it be and why?
Mr. Toms: There are two places, Israel and Ireland. I’m not Jewish, I’m Christian, so I would like to see Israel for those reasons. Ireland is just so pretty from what I’ve seen in pictures so I would love to see it in person
Atara: How do you feel about working at a Jewish school?
Mr. Toms: Although our religious backgrounds are different, it's cool to see how we both have our beliefs. I think it's very interesting but I have to get used to the Hebrew words.
Interview by Atara Keehn ('23)