Hob­ble Creek Elem. teacher named men­tor of the year

Serve Daily - - BUILDING COMMUNITY - By Lana Hiskey

Hob­ble Creek El­e­men­tary School ed­u­ca­tor Ginger Hansen was honored re­cently as the Utah Dis­tin­guished Men­tor in Teacher Education by the Utah As­so­ci­a­tion of Teacher Ed­u­ca­tors. This award rec­og­nizes and hon­ors school­based ed­u­ca­tors men­tor­ing new teach­ers. Hansen was se­lected from a va­ri­ety of nom­i­nees rep­re­sent­ing ev­ery col­lege and univer­sity in the state of Utah.

One nom­i­na­tor stated, “Ginger is the best! She has had the great­est im­pact on my teach­ing! She is al­ways so pos­i­tive and will­ing to help me in any way. I know that she is a con­stant that I can turn to when­ever I have even the sil­li­est ques­tions. Ginger helps you to see the pos­i­tive in your­self as an ed­u­ca­tor, yet she also finds a way to help you be­come your best self as she helps you see ar­eas you can make even bet­ter. Ginger al­ways brings a smile to my face and makes me laugh even on cloudy days.”

Hansen has worked in education for 32 years, 14 of which have been specif­i­cally as a men­tor for new teach­ers. Cur­rently, she works as a men­tor at Hob­ble Creek El­e­men­tary School in Maple­ton.

Hansen demon­strates out­stand­ing men­tor­ing prac­tices in a va­ri­ety of ways. Per­haps the most im­por­tant is her in­nate abil­ity to con­nect with mentees in nur­tur­ing ways that make them feel val­ued and cared about. It is upon this foun­da­tion that Hansen is able to coach them to con­tin­u­ally re­fine their teach­ing prac­tices.

Ginger Hansen

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