Join us in welcoming Ms. Alex Hinton, our Humanities Subject Expert Teacher (SET) for grades 2 and 3! In these grades, students will travel as a cohort to each course led by a different SET, one of which will be Humanities. The Humanities class will feature integrated coursework in history and English, deeper content in classics, and will also focus on the societies that have shaped the current day.
We had the opportunity to sit down with Ms. Hinton to learn more about her teaching experience, her goals for her future students, and the student skills she plans on developing throughout the school year.
What excites you the most about joining BASIS Independent Bellevue in its inaugural year?
I love the idea of being part of a founding school team! Continual learning and personal development are important to me. I anticipate being part of a launch year will be fascinating and unique from both a student and teacher perspective. I am also excited to be joining this team because we have common values such as a positive-growth mindset, collaboration, and self-development. I am eager to move to Seattle to be close to friends, family, and to help launch this new school!
Give us a little of your background so our families can be more acquainted with you.
I am from Minnesota (born and raised) and moved to Southern California for college where I graduated from Concordia University Irvine. I graduated with a Bachelors in Elementary Education with a minor in English. I then moved to Northern California where I am currently teaching primary school students. I always knew I wanted to be a teacher so I have enjoyed my endeavors as a tutor, student teacher, long-term substitute teacher, grade 4 teacher for all subjects, and currently a grade 3 Humanities teacher at a charter school in the Bay Area. I feel fortunate to have this opportunity to bring two critical disciplines together, English and history, that I enjoy thoroughly and raise student potential in each of these subjects by connecting them.
What skills will you focus on building?
One key skill I want to focus on building is independence. Students are incredible, and it is important for them to develop confidence in themselves and take learning into their own hands. It is empowering watching students develop these skills and arrive at the realization that they can do it on their own, especially when they accomplish something challenging! I will always help my students when it is needed, but we will work to further these skills of independence, persistence, and confidence.
What is your goal for each student?
I want my students to learn to approach every situation with a positive mindset where they strive to do their best. I acknowledge the importance of collecting data and using it to assess where things are at. I want my students to learn to have a growth mindset where they are continually working to improve in all areas.
Humanities is a combination of history and English, why is this an important combination for students in primary grades?
I focus on guiding the development of a well-rounded individual in all areas and this Humanities class allows me to do just that. Teaching history and English goes hand-in-hand because students will work to develop their reading and writing skills through a variety of activities and assignments when learning about past events and the world around them. For example, students will write creative opinion pieces based off of what they are currently learning in history. This allows students to think critically and creatively while developing empathy and self-autonomy as it relates to what we are learning.
What do you anticipate your student office hours to look like for students?
I will use my office hours as an opportunity to meet students where they are. My plan is to help build students from whatever level they are at, whether that means providing extra challenges or extra support. I want to make my space the best learning space it can be. I welcome my students to utilize these hours to help strengthen their skills and our community. It is important that my students feel supported and listened to and I think this a great opportunity to provide that.
What do you like to do in your free time?
Besides a passion for reading, I like art, music, shows, dancing, and theater. Everything and anything that falls into the humanities realm is something I enjoy!
BASIS Independent Bellevue is a private school opening fall 2022. We will open with Grades 2 - 7 to start and add a grade level each school year as we expand to a full middle and high school (Grades 5 - 12).
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