Staff Profile: Mollie Leiblich

Vicky Tsur

Middle school teacher, Mollie Leiblich, took some time to answer our questions this week. Read all about her journey to Hausner and what the near future has in store for her.

1. How long have you lived in the Bay Area, where did you come from and what brought you here?
I’ve lived in the Bay Area for almost four years. I’m originally from the east coast and used to teach high school in New York City. I met my future husband, who lived in the Bay Area at the time, on JDate. After a few years of long-distance dating, I decided to move and leave behind the cold winters on the east coast!

2. What is your role at Hausner and how long have you been here?

This is my fourth year at Hausner. I teach social studies for 6th and 8th grade, and an integrated humanities class in 7th grade. I’m also the advisor for the middle school Student Council.

3. What was the highlight of your working week?

The highlight of my week is seeing students in the classroom get excited about the material we are learning and engaging with each other in thoughtful conversations. This year I’ve facilitated Socratic Seminars where students come to class prepared to discuss a question or debate that scholars still study today. The idea of the seminar is to not exactly to answer the question, but to generate more questions in our conversation and to think about it in more depth. It also allows me to hear the students talk to each other instead of me doing most of the talking!

4. What do you do when you're not at work?

My husband and I are expecting our first child this summer! We’ve been busy trying to prepare to be new parents and are excited about this new chapter in our lives. We’ve also been trying to become homeowners for the last year or so, and while the process has taken longer than expected, I’ve become very interested in real estate. I love watching shows on HGTV and also Netflix’s The Home Edit.

5. What do you think you would do if you weren't a teacher?

I love history and would love to be part of making a historical drama or documentary. It would be so much fun to be behind the scenes of making a show set in a historic era, like Bridgerton or The Gilded Age.

6. Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
I enjoy playing the drums! I’ve played in different bands in middle and high school and even in a faculty band called the “DBQ’s” (which refers to Document Based Question—teacher humor J) at my last school in New York City.

7. What is your favorite Hebrew word?

Like many of the students, my favorite Hebrew word is hafsakah, meaning “recess” or “break.” I love seeing it built into the middle school schedule twice a day as a reminder that it is important for all of us to take a quick mental and physical break to recharge!

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