Laveena Gole is one of our dedicated Learning Specialists on the Learning Support Team. Read her profile to learn about her deep connections with India, her important non-profit work and the many languages she speaks.
1. How long have you lived in the Bay Area, where did you come from and what brought you here?
I have lived in the Bay Area for the past 25 years. I got married and came to the Bay Area. My husband (who was my neighbor in India) lived and worked in the Bay Area.
I was born in Detroit Michigan where my parents were doing their medical residencies.
I was 6 months old when they went back to India. Then I came back for my Master's to Lehigh University, Pennsylvania. After completing my Masters, I went back to India for 6 years to teach students with special needs. I came back to the US- to the Bay area after I got married. A lot of back and forth between India and the US!!! I have two college going kids- 19 and 22 years old.
2. What is your role at Hausner and how long have you been here?
I'm a Learning Specialist and work with students who need support due to their learning differences. My learning support team and I work with K-8 students. I have been at Hausner for 6 years. Time flies!
3. What was the highlight of your working week?
Seeing the eager lovely faces of my students, forming a warm relationship with them and seeing them thrive emotionally and academically over the years. I have taught K-5 for 19 years in Palo Alto Unified, so I was pleasantly surprised that I truly enjoy working with middle school students. These young adults are so bright, loving, fun and caring.
4. What do you do when you're not at work?
I love to hike, travel with my family, and learn Hindustani Indian classical music. During Covid my friends (who I did four Breast cancer AVON and Komen walks with) and I started a Non- Profit called Gulabis foundation. We do fundraisers and donate to small organizations in the US who support health, hunger or education. Our Non profit will be two years old in June. It was a good use of our time during the first year of the pandemic!
I also mentor students in an organization in India which supports students who are bright but below the poverty line and pays for their college, room and board.
5. What do you think you would do if you weren't a teacher?
I've been a Special Ed teacher for the past 32 years, so I haven't done anything else!
But- maybe someone who does fundraising for NonProfits.
6. Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
I speak 7 different languages- 4 Indian languages and English, Spanish and French. I speak 3 languages fluently and I can communicate in 4 others.
7. What is your favorite Hebrew word?
This is the google definition of my favorite word—Chesed:
Chesed, like many Hebrew words, does not translate precisely into English. The word means more than simply “kindness.” Often translated as “loving-kindness,” chesed means giving oneself fully, with love and compassion.