Oahu Educational Assistants
5th Grade Teacher
Tell the HTA Ohana a little bit about yourself, Alana:
I was born and raised on the island of Oʻahu. My family and I live in beautiful Kāneʻohe. I am married to Marc LaChance (grade 6 and 7 Science teacher at HTA - Oʻahu.) We have two daughters, Zoe (age 6) and Elora (age 3).
Will you share a bit about your academic background?
I attended Punahou School from Kindergarten until my high school graduation. I then attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and graduated with my BFA in Painting and Drawing. I returned to Hawaiʻi and received my Masters of Education in Teaching with a focus in Elementary Education from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.
What made you interested in teaching?
I come from a family of teachers however my original career path was to become a painter. My senior year of college I took an art class that changed my life. Twice a week my classmates, my professor, and I went into an inner city school in Detroit to work on a mural with a group of 4th grade students. Through this experience, I realized I wanted to become a teacher and positively impact children’s lives.
What do you find most challenging and rewarding about being a teacher?
What I find most rewarding about being a teacher are those moments where my students direct their own learning and develop a deep understanding or strengthen a personal interest. I find it challenging to strike a balance between facilitating learning for students as well as teaching important skills and strategies.
Hobby? Hula, painting, choral singing, theatre set construction, reading
Song? Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Book? A Ring of Endless Light by Madeleine L’Engle or Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Travel Destination? Cinque Terre or Barcelona
Quote? “Perhaps all of the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.” - Rainer Maria Rilke
If you were to summarize “YOU” in only one sentence, what would that sentence be? I am a creative and empathetic lifelong learner.
Is there anything else you would like the HTA Ohana to know about you?
I really enjoy that at HTA, I get to work closely in partnership with families to provide a quality education for our students.