Meet your teacher, Jen Hasler Troutman

COM-Meet Your Teacher Hasler-Trotman

Grade/Subject at what school: Spanish, Westfield High School

Number of years teaching: 16

Background/Schooling: Central High School (Switz City, Ind.) and North Daviess High School (Elnora, Ind.); bachelor’s in elementary education, Indiana University; and master’s in education, Indiana Wesleyan University.

Why did you become a teacher? I love working with young people. Their energy and joy always inspires me.

What goals do you have for your students? I would love for them to develop an enduring curiosity and passion for language and cultural learning.

What do you encourage parents to do at home to help their children strengthen particular skills? Right now I teach Spanish III Honors and AP Spanish Language and Culture. I encourage those students to seek opportunities to use their Spanish in authentic settings. It would be great for parents to encourage their students to engage Spanish speaking friends, family and community members in conversation.

What is your favorite movie? Shawshank Redemption

Who is your favorite musician or band? Right now I love the song “Live Like That” by Sidewalk Prophets. I also love Neil Young, Sara Bareilles and The Civil Wars.

What’s something your students might not know about you? I grew up in a very small town of 200 people (Newberry, Ind.).