By Nicky Xu
Stephanie Hipps is a new Government and Psychology teacher at AHS. The Oak Leaf interviewed her about her school year so far.
Q: How long have you been teaching?
A: “I’ve been teaching for six years now. I taught at Lionel Wilson College Preparatory Academy in East Oakland for five years.”
Q: What do you like about Alameda High School?
A: “I like the students. The last group that I taught were more or less from the same cultural background and this school is much more diverse in almost every way so it’s nice interacting with different groups of people .”
Q: What are your goals this year?
A: “My goals this year are to teach two successful classes. Teach successful psychology classes, teach successful government class, and to get to know the school culture and get involved.”
Q: Why did you become a teacher?
A: “There’s a lot of joy in teaching. I like that I get to know people really well and I get to talk about really cool things, some really awful things that happen too, but frame them in a way where we all get to learn from it and hopefully move on as a people.”
“I especially like working with seniors because the best part is watching them seniors graduate and go off into their next thing.”
Q: Fun fact?
A: “Hippos are kind of like my family’s mascot in a way. My grandpa collected them.”
“I was also the captain of my basketball team.”