We are proud to introduce our 48th Sunday Spotlight, featuring Angela Hansen who is a teacher in Vernal, Utah. Angela likes using Edulastic to create end-of-year practice assessments. She loves helping her students apply what they learn in their science classroom to the real world, and encourages them to celebrate their mistakes. Her favorite time of year is March when, as a teacher in Vernal School District, she gets to celebrate and teach about the vernal equinox! We enjoyed getting to know Angela and hope you enjoy the interview!

Angela Hansen

6th Grade Science Teacher
Vernal Middle School

Vernal, Utah
19 years working in education


“I love helping other people discover their talents, strengthen their strengths & WEAKNESSES, and push themselves to their full potential.”

– Angela Hansen

Get to know Angela Hansen 


What do you love about working in education? What motivates you? 

I love helping other people discover their talents, strengthen their strengths & WEAKNESSES, and push themselves to their full potential.

Why did you become a teacher? 

I was interested in teaching because my 1st grade teacher never gave up on me. She worked with me until I was successful in all subjects. I became a teacher because the Dean of Education at the college I attended told me he wouldn’t let me into the Education Program. He said I wouldn’t be an effective teacher because I was too quiet. I NEVER let others decide my future for me!

What is your “Edulastic story”? 

I was told about Edulastic from a colleague I admire.

Describe your Edulastic “aha” moment.

When I looked into the Edulastic program I saw that it closely resembled the set-up my students see in their State End-of-Year Assessment. No other program comes close!

What are your teaching/learning goals this year?

I want my students to be curious and enjoy finding the science around them. I want my students to be able to apply what we are learning at school in their everyday lives.

Favorite motivational quote:

“Science is simply the word we use to describe a method of organizing our curiosity.” – Tim Minchin

Tips for new Edulastic users:

Do not be afraid to call or online chat with Edulastic. They are quick to respond, helping you until you are satisfied.

Quick Facts


Favorite Edulastic question type?

I love the ELA Enhanced Passage Based question. I use it to set up a question cluster. I put in a passage, model, data table, or graph and ask a series of questions related to it.

Favorite snack while using Edulastic

LARA bars

Spring or Fall?




Favorite Book: 

Jane Eyre

Best tactic for getting the class quiet: 

Saying “Class, Class” with an action. The students respond “Yes, Yes” with the action included.

Must- have classroom Decor: 

3-D bulletin boards & a globe

Kindest compliment you have received from a student or teacher?

“I never knew making a mistake could feel so good!”

Funniest student moment?

When students read their fortunes from a fortune cookie. Starting with “Cupid says” and ending with “in Mrs. Hansen’s class.”

How do you like to spend your free time?

Reading, traveling, and learning new things

Greatest accomplishment in the classroom this past year: 

 Surviving implementing a new curriculum!

Favorite time of the school year and why:

March – We get to celebrate the VERNAL equinox. (In 6th grade we learn about what causes the seasons and we live in Vernal.)
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