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My Experience at the Women’s March -

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El Regreso Del Racismo -

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Parkland Shooting -

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California Flu Crisis -

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‘Rapping’ Up the Grammy Awards -

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¿Cuál Será el Futuro de DACA? -

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Marcus Peters traded to the Rams -

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2018 Upcoming Movies -

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Upcoming Season of Baseball -

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Black History Month -

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The Black Panther Review -

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The Destructive Culture of Social Media -

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Badminton season launches into action! -

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LimeBike Takes Over! -

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

All Star Weekend Highlights -

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Chinese New Year Brought to SMHS -

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San Mateo Volleyball Season Kicks Off -

Friday, February 16, 2018

The Van Jones Show:Jay-Z -

Friday, February 16, 2018

Ms. Hofmann: A Rad English Teacher

 

The spirited Mrs. Hofmann

The spirited Mrs. Hofmann

Ms. Hofmann, an English teacher and Knitting Club advisor here at SMHS, is a true believer in the greatness of an unexpected turn of events and aha moments. She actually didn’t decide to be a teacher until graduate school when she realized how much she enjoyed teaching. As a teenager, Ms. Hofmann excelled in English class compared to her other general studies classes, which is why she studied it in college. When she was a child, she wanted to become a nurse, but now says that she would never change her profession.

Her best advice for her class: Do the reading. Her favorite book to read as part of the curriculum is To Kill A Mockingbird. “I’ve read it at least 30 times with 30 different classes and I still love it and still get choked up during the trial. It still kills me,” said Ms. Hofmann. Her favorite book to read for pleasure outside of school is Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace – It’s over 1,000 pages, but she couldn’t put it down over the summer.

She says that her favorite part of teaching is when her class has a discussion, “and people are taking part because they’re interested, not because they have to. People are laughing and enjoying figuring something out together and we come up with this absolutely rad point that we didn’t start with. You look out and you see 35 faces and everyone realizes that this isn’t just a book, that this is a total fascinating piece of literature that we can all connect with. That’s a good day. Every day can’t be like that, but those are the best days,” said Mrs. Hofmann about her favorite part of teaching English.

She hopes that students in her class will be able to use skills they learn later in the future. Her goal is for them to grow as a person and to take away knowledge that is valuable and useful. “It’s an outstanding feeling to have a 20-year-old come back and say, ‘When I was 15, I was in your class and we did this, and that still rings true’. You do your best and try to fill up your students with as much awesomeness as you can and hope that they take it with them,” she said of being an English teacher.

Ms. Hofmann also encourages anyone to come into her classroom on Wednesdays at lunch for Knitting Club.

Outside of school, she boxes and loves to hang out with her family. “My daughter wants to go to space and meet aliens and eat pie, because she read Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs,” said Mrs. Hofmann of her daughter, Charlotte.

“First they ask you why you did it, then they ask you how you did it.”

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