Hanni Gilbert

7th Grade Humanities

Though the word “imagine” speaks to me more than any other word in our language, “create” and “connect” seem to sum up all aspects of my life most accurately.

I am at my best when I can create and connect. And, I can’t have one without the other.

I am a Colorado native and while Colorado’s natural beauty provides the backdrop for many of my adventures for the time being, I desire to create a more diversified life experience and hope to make connections in other lands eventually. 

I’m named after Hanni Wenzel, a gold-medalist downhill skier from Liechtenstein. You would think that my parents had some connection to skiing, to name their only child after a skier, but alas, no.  My dad just heard her name during the 1980 Olympics and liked it. I discovered my love for the snow and snowboarding my sophomore year in college.

I have had two careers, which, lucky for me, have allowed me to both connect and create. Before becoming a teacher, I was an Exercise Physiologist for Broncos Sports Medicine. There, I was able to connect with many people and create exercise plans for patients who were transitioning out of therapy. These patients included everyone from players for the Denver Crush (the Arena Football League), to people who were recovering from heart surgery. While I immensely enjoyed what I did, I knew it wouldn’t be enough for me. I weighed my options, and after briefly thinking about attending a program to become a Physical Therapist, I just couldn’t connect with Physics. I decided to return to what I have always loved - working with children. This is what eventually brought me to Renaissance Elementary.

I spent the first 11 years of my teaching career creating integrated learning experiences and connecting with students and staff at Renaissance Elementary. The first nine years I worked in second grade and the last two years I taught fourth grade. This is my third Renaissance Secondary School, and I so enjoy continuing to create integrated learning expeditions, in addition to a new-found love - creating choreography for our RSS Blue Curtain Theatre musical productions.

In my free time, you’ll always find me creating and connecting. Most of the time, I’m connecting with my family or friends. My two children and I love to spend time exploring the great outdoors, hiking, camping, mountain biking, and snowboarding. I am passionate about creating adventure and new experiences - anytime I am presented with an opportunity to try something new or explore a new area, I jump at the chance. My favorite guiding question, by which I live my life, is “When is the last time you did something for the first time?” 

Whether in the classroom, on an adventure, or with my family, in all aspects of my life, I am happiest to create and connect.

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