Meet Hannah Hansen, one of John Hay Elementary's sensational 3rd grade teachers. You may have seen her at one of our school events, dressed as an avocado and surrounded by an adoring gaggle of kiddos. She definitely has a BIG fan base at John Hay! Now's your chance to get to know her a bit better. Thank you for being part of our Teacher Feature, Ms. Hansen!
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Watertown, South Dakota aka "South Dakota's Rising Star." However, I also spent a lot of time with my grandparents in Alexandria, Minnesota.
Why did you choose to become a teacher?
For two reasons: The first being that I love people--the good, the bad, and the ugly. My Second reason is being a teacher runs in my blood. My Grandpa Dave just so happened to be a principal of an elementary school, and I always looked up to him. He was my everything as a kid. He was great at building things, telling stories, cracking jokes, making people feel special, and driving my grandma crazy. I also have a special talent in all those areas and thought I might have the makings to be a pretty good teacher myself.
What's the best thing about working at John Hay?
The best thing about John Hay has to be the hot lunch. On second thought, it's the amazing supportive staff we have here. Teaching is a very demanding job and it is so vital to have a staff that can laugh, cry, and push you to be your very best.
What's your favorite...
Sport? My favorite leisure activities are swimming in lakes, biking, and running.
Movie? This is too hard of a question.
What is your favorite children's book?
The first book I remember making me cry was Old Yeller. It was read to me by one of my favorite teachers, Mrs. Rector. When she got to the final pages in the book, the whole class, including her, was sobbing. The memory will always stay with me as a special literary moment.
If you could speak to yourself at age 9, what piece of advice would you give?
The winning numbers on the June 9, 2000 ticket are 6, 7, 25, 34 and 45, and the Big Money Ball number is 2.
Thank you so much, Ms. Hansen! All our Jaguars LOVE you!