We are grateful to have a diverse community of students, staff and families from around the world. Each member of our community brings their own background and story that enriches the ASH experience. Our ASH Voices series zooms in on our community as we learn more about who we are in our roles at ASH and life outside of school.
Today’s profile features Ms. Grantz-Hoffstaetter, one of our middle school social studies teachers. Born and raised in sunny southern California, and a first generation American on her mother’s side (who immigrated to the USA when she was 14 in the early 1960’s). Her father’s side is Spanish/Mexican, so being from a multicultural background, Ms. Grantz-Hoffstaetter has always connected with our student population. “Hearing several languages in my home when I was a kid was very normal for me.”
We’ll let Ms. Grantz-Hoffstaetter explain in her own words about her life here at ASH and how the last several months have been working and adapting throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This is my first international experience as an educator. I joined ASH in 2017 and have been so enthusiastic about the experience here ever since starting on campus. Our school community is truly like a family, and that includes our students and parents. The educational experience of the educators who practice their expertise at ASH always amazes me. I have been an educator for over 20 years now and ASH is a place where everyone has the potential to grow and learn from each other. I LOVE IT!
Right now I am teaching grade 5 social studies. I am also a Color House lead teacher and part of the new DASH team for whole school health and wellness. I practice and guide yoga at ASH for other staff members, along with a few other teachers on staff. Fitness and health are a passion of mine, and so it has been an opportunity for us to give to each other. Another passion of mine is sustainability and keeping our earth a great place for humans to live. I was the Sustainability Coordinator for two years, and continue co-leading middle school students who are passionate about this.
2020 was a year out of “left-field” for sure! There are so many things I have learned this year, one being that life is never certain and that you really need to take each day and make it as full and beautiful as you can. I have been so lucky to have been able to live my childhood dream of being a teacher. My life as an educator has been blessed with so many opportunities, and I still don’t feel finished! I feel each year I grow and learn more, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I never want to stop learning, and I hope I model that for my own students.
One piece of advice I would give to students at ASH, is to make sure to have balance in your life. Look to make sure you make space in your life to find your passions. These passions can lead you to the next chapter of your life in many wonderful ways. If I were not at ASH, or in education, I am not sure what I would be doing! Probably something in the health and wellness industry or psychology (my minor), which is why I wanted to be a part of the DASH team!