Meet Kylie Hieter, a dedicated 4th-grade assistant teacher at Hausner. From her roots in Santa Rosa to her dual major in History and Jewish Studies at San Francisco State University, Kylie shares her journey into teaching. Discover her unique approach to instilling respect and identity in her students, and stay tuned for a surprising fun fact about her encounter with an A-list celebrity!
1. Can you briefly introduce yourself and tell us about your background and experience?
I am currently finishing up my last semesters at San Francisco State University with a BA in History as well as a BA in Jewish Studies. I’m originally from Santa Rosa, California, where I grew up amongst the beautiful vineyards and tall redwood trees. I originally started my education at Santa Rosa Junior College, and I then transferred to SFSU with an Associate of Arts for Transfer Degree in History. I then continued my passion for history, and eventually found myself in the Jewish Studies department after taking a modern Jewish history class (with Marc Dollinger). Since then, I have declared a second major, and I have dedicated the last two years of my education to Jewish history and culture. I was originally going to pursue a career in museum studies, but ultimately determined it didn’t fulfill me the same way teaching does. Most of my teaching experience comes from nannying, previous teacher assisting, and tutoring French for many years.
2. What is your role at Hausner and how long have you been here?
I am an assistant 4th grade teacher, and this is my first year at Haunser.
3. What inspired you to become a teacher/get into your line of work?
I’ve wanted to be a teacher my whole life. I used to “play teacher” with my mom on a daily basis, and I was your stereotypical “teacher’s pet” all throughout elementary school. I loved anything to do with teaching. As I grew up and started college, I realized how much I loved and still love learning. Teaching and learning go hand in hand. As I teach my students, they will always teach me as well. I’ve had multiple inspiring teachers throughout my life who reassured my love for education. One was my high school history teacher, who also inspired me to pursue history. If I did not pursue teaching, museum studies was my alternative track. I love artifacts and the idea of curating my own museum.
4. What do you do when you’re not at work?
The biggest two things I want my students to take away from my classroom are respect and identity. Respect falls in line within the classroom but also intrinsically. I think respect is a lot more complex of an idea for children than is realized. I think each grade, as the students grow, learn a new element of how respect is enacted. One of the consistent phrases we say is, “Respect the learning environment”. This means respect for people and their ability to learn. Respect encompasses multiple other qualities that are needed to be successful as they grow. This could include kindness, empathy, and honesty to just name a few. Working in a Jewish community pushes me further to also instill in my students how to be proud of an identity. Whatever it may be to them, they should not be afraid to express who they are. As their teacher, I will always stand behind them.
5. Tell us a fun fact about yourself
At a previous job, I waited on Jason Momoa. He was a friend of one of the regulars who frequented the restaurant every week. They knew him because they were both into the motorcycle scene in the Bay Area. He ordered a breakfast burrito and asked me for Cholula sauce. He drove up in his Earthroamer truck, and he had his two dogs. Yes, he looks exactly the same in person.