Loren Hsu is the Crusader Today’s first Educator Profile, but she is not actually a new teacher to Clark Public Schools. Mrs. Hsu (pronounced “Sue”) taught resource room and self-contained classes for 22 years at both Hehnly and Valley Road Schools. Beginning this year, Mrs. Hsu teaches American Sign Language 1, World History, and Study Skills at ALJ.
Mrs. Hsu graduated from Trenton State College (today known as TCNJ) as a Teacher of the Deaf. She then completed an Interpreter for the Deaf certification program. She grew up in Union, New Jersey, and graduated from Union High School. She has lived in Union County all her life.
Her personal interests revolve around her family. “I love spending time with my family. Both my daughters compete at dance competitions and we spend much of our time at the dance studio," Mrs. Hsu said. She is also a fan of personal fitness. She has completed three triathlons, three half marathons, and one marathon.
When asked what she loves about teaching she said, “I LOVE interacting with my students. I love knowing that maybe, just maybe, I have made a difference and my students will remember me when they are older and out of school. I still keep in touch with my third grade teacher who inspired me. Thanks, Mrs. Faulks.”
Mrs. Hsu is enjoying teaching at ALJ very much. “I have had the best 22 years at elementary level and my first few months at ALJ have been spectacular! I am so happy to be here at the high school level,” Students are enjoying the uniqueness of the sign language classes. Dana Ugarte, a sophomore in Mrs. Hsu’s 6B American Sign Language class is enjoying the class very much. “I took the class because it is so different than anything else offered at ALJ. It’s really a great class.”