By: Ethan Yu
At the beginning of this school year, Fannie Hsieh officially joined the faculty as d.tech’s new environmental science teacher. You may have seen her roaming the halls monitoring FIT or seen her enthusiastically teaching her environmental science class, but those aren’t the only things that she does. Aside from teaching, she also enjoys going hiking with her friends and scuba diving. Read on to learn a little more about Fannie and some of her interests.
Q: How did you come to d.tech and why did you choose d.tech?
I started off at d.tech because I moved up here from L.A. and I was trying to get to know the community and figure out a school that was a best fit for me. d.tech was one of the first schools that I came too, and I really liked it. I first met Hanan and she was really awesome. Since then, we maintained a really good relationship, and she asked me to come back a couple times to help sub for classes. In terms of choosing to come to d.tech, this school is very different compared to other schools, in the sense that you guys are always problem solving and figuring out ways to make the school and the world a better place.
Q: What is your background in environmental science?
It was back when I took Chinese school in middle school and I learned about how ironic it was that the more you used air conditioning, the warmer you made the world. I was just so shocked when I heard that and got really worried whenever I used the air conditioning. It wasn’t until high school when I took my first environmental science class that I actually started to understand it a little better, and that was when I first started to fall in love with the subject.
Q: What kind of things do you like to do outside of school?
Sometimes I’ll spend my time doing volunteer work at some of the parks nearby and help with trail building, but that was back when I was in LA. In Laguna, I was also a tide pool docent, and volunteered my time to teach people about tide pools and the ecosystem surrounding the area.
I go hiking, go to Yosemite and Pinnacles National Park every once in a while to get away from the city and enjoy nature. Every time I travel I try to go see something nature-y. I guess I just don’t like the city as much as I like being in the woods and the oceans. That brings me to my next point. I also scuba dive! Scuba diving here in California is REALLY cold, especially in the Monterey area, but it’s a very unique environment because there are a lot of kelp forests and it’s pretty cool.
Q: Did you have any other interests growing up?
Believe it or not, I devoted a lot of my time in high school to band. I was on the drum line, did concert band, and played percussion here and there. My band went around the country doing shows, and it was really fun. At the time, I thought I would want to be a drummer, but the thought of not knowing if I was ever going to get paid doing it, since I wasn’t SUPER good at it, scared me. Band was more just a hobby during high school that I was not sure if I wanted to pursue in the future.