Posted on Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Hannah Hood '12, MAT '13, has been accepted to the highly competitive and selective Teach for America program. She joins a select group of HWS alumni and alumnae who have been chosen by the organization as members of its extraordinary teaching corps.
Each year, Teach for America selects college graduates with promising leadership skills and a passion for helping others to serve two-year terms in urban and rural public schools. The organization's goal is to rid the nation of educational inequality so that all children may have equal opportunities to receive an outstanding education.
"Throughout my career at HWS I have always wanted to make an impact on children's lives," Hood says. "It has been an ambition of mine to join an amazing organization that strives to make a difference in education."
Hood, who is from Marblehead Massachusetts, was placed in the Greater Boston area and will be teaching special education. She is thrilled to have been given the opportunity to make a lasting impact in the lives of many children.
At the Colleges, Hood received a B.A. in comparative literature with minors in education and English. Upon earning her degree, she entered the HWS Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program in which she is currently working on her master's project. At HWS, Hood also was in the Teacher Certification program for elementary and special education.
Through her graduate work, Hood is examining how best to train literacy tutors by creating a range of teaching tools and resources necessary for what it takes for college tutors to be successful.
"HWS prepared me on many levels as a teacher, a leader, and an engaged citizen," she says. "I had the opportunity to become a leader in many capacities across campus which showed me what it takes to be responsible for a group of people."
As an undergraduate at the Colleges, Hood was the co-coordinator of Neighbor's Night at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Geneva and served as an active participant in the HWS America Reads program.
This year, she will continue her dedication to the local community by once again coordinating Neighbor's Night. Her work with the program is just one of Hood's many experiences on campus that she believes helped prepare her to take the next step in her professional life.
Among her leadership roles on campus, Hood served as president of the Campus Activities Board and on the board for Relay for Life. During her junior year, she studied abroad in Carmarthen, Wales, and while there, researched various education systems and teaching models. She also was in charge of overseeing the community bookshelves for Geneva Reads as a part of her post as the Civic Leader for Literacy through the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning.