Hello! My name is Sarah Hanna. I am from and currently live in Mississippi; however, I have lived and taught in a few other states. I am one of seven children (I love being a part of a big family!); although, I only have two children of my own: Lucas-9, and Olivia-6. I knew at a very young age that I wanted to be a teacher! Teaching is truly my passion and my calling! I attended the University of Mississippi where I received my B.A. in Secondary English Education; I then attended Belhaven University where I received my M.A. Reading Literacy; I then attended Arkansas State University to receive my Ed.S. in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Curriculum Development. I currently attend McNeese State University where I am pursuing my Ph.D. in Psychology with an emphasis on Forensics and Criminology, in addition to my Ph.D., I am also currently pursuing my National Board Certification.
I have been teaching English Language Arts, Social Studies, Psychology, Criminal Justice, ACT Test Prep, Ballet, and Modern Dance for the past eleven years! I have taught in public middle and high schools, in virtual classrooms, and tutored K-5 in reading skills.
I have extensive training in effective classroom reading, language and grammar instruction, developing collaborative learning environments, analyzing pertinent data for the purpose of driving instruction, and implementing technology to enhance instruction and engage students: these technology platforms include, but are not limited to Moodle, Canvas, Zoom, and Edgenuity.
My teaching philosophy has been summed up by educational pioneer, Professor James Comer, “No significant learning occurs without a significant relationship.” When students feel respected and cherished by their teachers, they begin to value themselves. This leads to students feeling vested and encouraged in many aspects of their lives, namely: education.
In order for teachers to establish relationships with students, they need to focus on showing students their own individual worth. Educators must create safe and comfortable learning environments in which differences are celebrated and building upon tolerance and acceptance are priorities. The standards that we set for our students should be high yet attainable.