Hannah Hensel joined the CfUT team as a participant in 2007 while attending Wisconsin Lutheran College for her B.A. in Secondary Education, History, and Broad Field Social Sciences. As an undergraduate, she taught summer school at North Star Academy in Newark, New Jersey and helped pilot the first CfUT summer school program as a fifth grade lead teacher under the direction of Krysta DeBoer. In 2010, Hannah was awarded the “Urban Pioneer Award” for her commitment to excellence in urban education. She earned her Masters in High Performance Education from WLC in December 2015. Her graduate research was focused on closing the achievement through summer schools in partnership with the Center for Urban Teaching.
Prior to working as a Teacher Coach with CfUT, Hannah worked intensely with the Center for Urban Teaching in the HOPE schools network. She piloted the residency program which allowed her to gain a yearlong experience as a history teacher at HOPE Christian High School alongside student teaching. Hannah then taught fifth and seventh grade reading, grammar and writing at HOPE Christian School: Prima. In 2012, Hannah was recognized with the “Academic All-Star” award for her students’ academic gains in reading. Her purposeful passion for changing Milwaukee’s education led her to serve as a leader in the CfUT’s summer school from 2013 to 2016 and a leader coach from 2016-2019. As the Programming Director, Hannah currently leads, manages, and oversees all areas of programming to recruit, train, and retain teachers and leaders in order to ensure that processes are seamlessly integrated and maintain a high level of quality as the organization scales.