Name: Hannah Louis
Position: Academic Intervention Specialist at ASCEND
I grew up with five siblings and was often in the practice of negotiation, compromise, flexibility, and helping out. I think this is what lead me to pursue a career in a helping profession. Right after college, I started working as a direct care staff at a residential facility for adolescents in upstate New York. I later moved to the Bay Area and found a job with Seneca as a mental health counselor in a counseling-enriched special day class. That's where I began to find my passion for supporting children in the school setting. I felt invigorated by the work I was doing to help students to access their education and decided to go back to school to get my credential and master's in special education. During the first year of my program, I got hired to teach a Seneca supported special day class. After a years worth of experience with teaching in this type of setting, I applied to the All-In! program to gain experience with supporting students with more of a broad range of challenges in an integrated setting. I interviewed with Alli and was placed at ASCEND...and here I stay!
Quote: "Life is great. Cheese makes it better." (Avery Aames)
What does your average day look like?
On a typical day I wake up, eat breakfast, usually granola cereal or an English muffin, take my dog for a walk, and head to work. At work, I push in to classrooms, meet with teachers, facilitate IEP meetings, and run small intervention groups. Then I drive home, take my dog for a walk, make dinner, watch "Cheers" and go to bed.
Why do you do this work?
I care a lot about the people in this world and believe that everyone has the right to a high quality education. Education is where it all starts for people. Education is it.
What hope do you have for the future of All-In?
I hope that All-In! will continue to grow and reach more schools and communities. I also hope that All-In!'s strong values spread so that schools can continue impactful work with children and families.