Phone: 972-293-4505, x8378
Degrees and Certifications:
Degrees: Juris Doctor, Michigan State University Detroit College of Law Bachelor of Science, Economics, Eastern Michigan University Certifications: Business and Finance (8-12) Core Subjects (4-8)
Hello! I am Dr. Hannah. I teach the General Employability Skills course at Bessie Coleman Middle School (BCMS). Though I've only been at BCMS for four years, I bring more than 14 years collegiate teaching/administrator experience and two years teaching high school seniors to the classroom. Before embarking on my teaching career, I practiced law in Michigan, serving as Associate General Counsel for the MGM Grand Detroit Casino before relocating to the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
In our College and Career Readiness classes, eighth grade scholars will morph into conscientious young adults, aware of both the opportunities before them to succeed as well as the "dues" that must be paid. Scholars will begin their journey taking an honest look at themselves, assessing both their interests, strengths, and existing familiarity with post-secondary education and career entrance requirements. Thereafter, scholars will examine high school Endorsement Plans and related programs of study, taking care to note both the educational and/or internship requirements, anticipated salaries, express and implied job responsibilities, and life-style factors that may suggest alternate career paths. Scholars will, at the same time, consider the wide array of post-secondary education opportunities available to them upon high school graduation, including those afforded by certification programs, technical schools, and traditional colleges/universities. Lastly, scholars will come face-to-face with the financial reality of post-secondary education; scholars will learn the importance of saving, the wide array of scholarships, and the burden of student loans. Because many of the topics that will be covered this year involve topics with which many of the scholars lack familiarity, most concepts will be presented vis-a-vis a combination of brief lectures, group activities, and class discussions.
I look forward to partnering with scholars and families to launch the beginning of what is sure to be an anxiety-producing, yet exciting journey of a lifetime as scholars complete their studies at BCMS, finish high school, and go off to their "brand new world". When I'm not at school, I, like you, work to guide my teenage daughter through the same process. We will get through this year together, laughing with our scholars, wringing our hands in frustration, but never giving up on them. Get ready...we're at the start of SOMETHING BIG!!!!