Candace Droutsas is a Hausner veteran, teaching fourth grade for 18 years. Read all about her various roles, and the unique career path she would have chosen if she was not a teacher!
1. How long have you lived in the Bay Area, where did you come from and what brought you here?
I was born in the Bay Area! I grew up in Foster City, left for college in SoCal for four years where I met my husband, and then came back to live in the Bay Area. I love it here!!
2. What is your role at Hausner and how long have you been here?
I have been a 4th grade teacher at Hausner for 18 years now! I love teaching 4th grade and can't imagine teaching another grade level. I am also a TOSA (teacher on special assignment) part time and work with other Hausner teachers on curriculum and assessments. I love this part of my job!
3. What was the highlight of your working week?
My highlight of the week has been getting to know all 24 of my new 4th graders! I love seeing their personalities come out as they become more comfortable. I've also been enjoying making connections with them at recess and lunch.
4. What do you do when you're not at work?
When not at work, I spend time with my husband, Alan, two kids, Tyler and Aubrey, and two dogs, Winnie and Kanga. I mostly shuttle them around to activities after school and on the weekends. Tyler is almost a black belt in karate and Aubrey does acro and plays soccer!
5. What do you think you would do if you weren't a teacher?
If I weren't a teacher, I'd be a professional organizer! I love being organized and organizing other people's spaces! In fact, I might be known at Hausner for being too organized!
6. Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
A fun fact about me is that I went to the same elementary, middle and high school as my dad! I even had some of the same teachers as him!
7. What is your favorite Hebrew word?
My favorite Hebrew phrase is Shabbat Shalom! Who doesn't love a restful 24 hours?!