Leah Hovenier is another new Living Earth teacher and loves educating her students about their surroundings. She attended the University of Colorado, where she received her bachelor’s degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and she also has a degree in Applied Animal Behavior from the University of Washington. This is her first year teaching, but she has done student teaching at Sacramento and was a teacher’s assistant at a Montessori school. Hovenier is extremely passionate about the environment and wildlife, so it is no surprise she also loves going outdoors. At least once a month she travels to the mountains to experience all the seasons. She enjoys doing puzzles, playing Zelda and Pokemon, and watching Disney, Marvel, and romantic movies in her free time. Hovenier’s motivation comes from her own educational background. “In high school, I was extremely quiet and often got left behind,” she says. “I use my own experiences to help my students with their own academic and social needs.”
Sandra Than is currently a senior at Washington High School. She was born in San Francisco but has lived in Fremont for most of her life. This is her first time writing for the paper, but she’s very excited to be a part of it. Arts and gaming is what she’s most interested in covering. As expected, Sandra herself indulges in painting and digital art both in school and outside. Through journalism, Sandra hopes to improve her writing skills and get to know more about relevant and important news.