05.05.2021

Learner Spotlight: Hannah Sterman

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iLEAD Exploration learner Hannah Sterman, 13, embodies zest in her enthusiasm for her academics. This year, she set a goal for herself to take learning into her own hands; she has chosen to spend free time researching and learning about things that interest her rather than just completing what is assigned to her. For example, Hannah recently had a friend diagnosed with epilepsy. Instead of simply asking an adult what epilepsy is, she did a full research report on the topic and learned for herself. This demonstrates that Hannah has a zest for learning. Every time she meets with her EF, Hannah shows her excitement and enthusiasm toward all her work.

For a seventh grader, Hannah is balancing a great deal. It is admirable how self-aware she is; she recognizes when she is near burnout and is taking on too much. When that happens, Hannah takes time for herself. She does this by watching Gilmore Girls with her mom and talking with her friends. She also has a personal goal for herself this year to get outside and stretch more often. Whether it’s watching TV, chatting with friends, stretching or taking walks, Hannah ensures that she spends time grounding herself in personal activities that fill her cup when academics and extracurriculars become overwhelming.

Hannah has been homeschooling for the past two years. She and her family were drawn to iLEAD Exploration because Hannah prioritizes both academics and extracurricular activities. The flexibility in schedule is a great benefit for Hannah because she takes hours of dance class, engages in dance competitions, and studies Hebrew on a weekly basis. With homeschooling, Hannah has time for both her academics and her extracurricular passions to be prioritized and well-balanced in her schedule.

Hannah has been dancing since she was in preschool. Although she has learned and practiced many forms of dance, tap has become her true passion. Hannah is on a competitive dance team. During competition season, Hannah spends her weekends performing her tap numbers in competition with other dancers in the state. Hannah truly lights up when she is onstage! Additionally, Hannah attends Hebrew school, where she learns to read and write Hebrew. She is currently preparing for her upcoming Bat Mitzvah. Hebrew has been challenging for her, especially because you read it from right to left! After getting a tutor, she got the hang of it and now genuinely loves learning this new language!

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