It’s Thursday-Thank a Teacher: Riley Hanni Edition

I had the privilege to meet Riley Hanni at the #ECET2SLC convening in January. It was just energizing to meet such a passionate young teacher and to know that our Salt Lake City ECET2 had a positive impact on her life. This is what she said about the event:


I reached out to Riley to thank her for attending and to feature her on this week’s It’s Thursday-Thank a Teacher:

Where did you do your teacher prep? Utah State! Go Aggies! 2009-2014

Where have you taught in your teaching career? Lehi Junior High, Midvale Middle School and now Centennial Middle School!

What is the funniest thing a student has ever said? Oh man, I have journals full of this stuff. The first one that comes to mind is not really what a student said, but what a group of students did. Last year right after SAGE testing (on April Fools, so call me a fool I guess!) I had a student request to speak with me while I was teaching. She tearfully confessed that she cheated on SAGE and sent the answers to all of her friends etc etc. She was so convincing! I went back into my room to email the Principal and all my students had flipped every piece of furniture in my room to face the opposite direction while I was talking to the girl who “cheated”! They got me so good!

What one piece of advice would you give to new teachers? Be pro-active during the summers and observe other teachers in the school year. I snuck two in 🙂

What is your favorite teacher resource? Teachers Pay Teachers. My co-workers jokes that I fund the entire site myself. I love supporting other teachers and I love not having to work too hard at coming up with awesome lessons!

Describe any experience you have had in education policy- I’m currently writing this on the eve of my first legislator day on the hill! I am excited to go tell my story and represent my school.

What’s the biggest change you would like to see in education? Obviously teacher respect and pay is first and foremost on my mind, but I would love to see standards based grading statewide. I used to be so terrified of that phrase because I didn’t understand what that actually meant. I think that students own their own learning instead of worried about a grade.


Thank you Mrs. Hanni for all your work with students in the state of Utah and for being a positive example of an emerging teacher leader.




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