• After having taught fifth grade in Saudi Arabia for a year, I am back from my adventure in foreign lands.

    I am thrilled to be teaching fourth grade again at Tularcitos, and am incorporating some of what I have learned overseas into our classroom culture. This is my 14th year of teaching, and my 8th year at Tularcitos, having taught fourth grade for 12 of those 14 years.

    I would like to tell you a little bit about myself, and our class, for those of you who do not know me:

    I am originally from Vienna, Austria and moved to the beautiful Central Coast after graduating high school in Austria. After having spent time both on the East and West Coast, I have lived in this area for about 15 years.

    I have two fabulous, wonderful, amazing children: Chelsea is 26, and Kelvin is 23. I also have an adorable grandson named Levi, who is five years old.

    I was known as owning a zoo, but I gave my animals away to great homes before moving to Saudi Arabia. I now only have my two lovable Dachshunds, Zeus and Athena.

    One of the ideas I have for this school year, is to foster a sense of responsibility by deciding on a class pet, and then finding a way to finance, and responsibly care for our special animal. I do have to add one caveat- I do not care for pet snakes, some lizards, and spiders as pets. I feel those are best left in nature.

    I am looking forward to a fabulous fourth grade year!

    Your Partner in Learning,

    Ms. Hoover

Driving a tuk-tuk in Sri Lanka
In Saudi Arabia I wore an abaya.
A beauty camel at the Came Festival near Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Sunflower field in Austria. Sunflowers are my favorite flowers.
My daughter Chelsea and I.
Levi at the rodeo.