Having grown up in a racially diverse, yet extremely segregated area of Chicago, Hannah Graham has been inspired since her early teenage years to work with adolescents, particularly youth in disenfranchised communities. After graduating high school, Hannah earned a B.A. in English literature from Wisconsin’s Beloit College, an M.S.Ed from The Bank Street College of Education in New York and an A.M. in social service administration from the University of Chicago. Upon receiving her B.A., Hannah taught in a Brooklyn charter school through Teach for America, where she honed her skills in writing literacy curricula for adolescents. Hannah has since provided high-level curriculum consulting for several organizations, including Loyola University’s ACT-preparation program, as well as 6to16, a national college-readiness curriculum for marginalized youth. Currently, Hannah is a 2011-2012 Dorot Fellow and enjoying writing EFL (English as a Foreign Language) curriculum for Arab-Israeli students in Jaffa through the nonprofit organization, Mahapach Taghir. In her free time, Hannah writes and performs slam poetry and loves judging and seeing slam whenever possible (she was recently a judge for Louder Than A Bomb, the world's largest teen slam poetry competition). She is also passionate about hip hop. Because of the nature of her work, which varies between individual students, families, teachers, school systems and nonprofits, Hannah’s impact is far-reaching. As a teacher, Hannah continues to impact the students she engages with as they grow in their capacity as learners. The lessons Hannah brings from her work with students in the classroom and two master’s degrees have helped her advise some of the largest school systems (including KIPP charter schools) on not only the creation, but the implementation of developmentally appropriate literacy curricula for adolescents. In using her understanding of the holistic needs of families and communities, Hannah has worked to constantly engage families and leverage partnerships. In her work in Chicago, her commitment to bringing about change on the South Side was enacted through writing a curriculum implemented in the Woodlawn Schools of South Chicago, while simultaneously acting as a clinical case worker at a legal clinic for residents of the same community. Because Hannah understands the complex relations of education, families and public policy, she works at at all levels to ensure that the long and short-term effects of communal change are realized.