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Gabriela Han has a lot on her plate, but she wouldn’t have it any other way. The mother of four is an English Language Learner instructional aide at Sundance Elementary School, a recent inductee of the Poway Kiwanis Club and is launching a tutoring business that provides services for children with dyslexia, learning disabilities, or who are struggling with reading. “I also volunteer for my children’s’ schools, their sporting activities, our church and National Charity League of Poway,” said Gabriela.

Gabriela and her husband, Ian, are happy to be raising their family in the Valle Verde Ranch area of Poway. “I like that the Poway community comes together during good times and bad times to support one another. This teaches our children to give back to the community,” stated Gabriela. According to Gabriela, all four of the Han children are committed to giving back. Mason, Sofia, Olivia and Cecilia actively participate in the service clubs at Poway High School, Twin Peaks Middle School and Painted Rock Elementary School, respectively.

As an educator, Gabriela is also dedicated to helping students thrive academically both at Sundance Elementary and through her tutoring service, www.teachingwonder.org. “My students inspire me. [I love] being able to see students learn and grow from their learning obstacles and become self-assured, confident learners,” explained Gabriela. She is looking forward to expanding her tutoring business and she hopes to see her students make the transition to middle school, high school and college with the tools she has given them.

For Gabriela, no matter how busy she, Ian and their kids may be, it is extremely important to celebrate their family’s multi-cultural heritage. Gabriela is Mexican-American and Ian was born in Taiwan. “The children speak English, Spanish and some Chinese. They’ve attended North County Chinese School since 1998,” declared Gabriela.

In her spare time, Gabriela can be found spending quality time with her family. “We enjoy Lake Poway – it is beautiful and serene. We are also happy that there is a Filippi’s Pizza Grotto in Poway. I am a native San Diegan and grew up eating at Filippi’s,” related Gabriela, who is thrilled to continue the family tradition of eating at the popular San Diego restaurant chain. Gabriela also enjoys going to the beach, reading, cooking, and spending time with friends.

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Name: Gabriela Han
Age: 47
Profession: English Language Learner instructional aide at Sundance Elementary School and owner of a tutoring business www.teachingwonder.org.
Family: Ian (husband), Mason (18), Sofia (17), Olivia (11), and Cecilia (8)

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