Hannah Shartel


Hannah is a Youth & Social Innovation major who is also studying for her master's in Elementary Education through the Curry School's 5-year B/MT program. She is from Springfield, Virginia.

412x412_Hannah_square.jpgI'd describe my academic experience at Curry as challenging, but rewarding! There is a good amount of group work in Curry classes, which has allowed me to grow as a team member and notice where my strengths are. Professors challenge students to share and reflect on their own experiences, which is different from the typical lecture-style teaching structure. I've benefitted from having small and large group discussions about class content (it helps me learn better!). It's also refreshing to hear from other students who share the same passions as I do. Curry classes require your participation, engagement, and a strong work ethic.

Outside of Curry, I'm an Executive Board member of the Latinx Leadership Institute (LLI), which is a program that aims to enhance professional development and leadership skills among first- and second-year Hispanic/Latinx students. I am also a mentor in the Hispanic/Latinx Peer Mentoring Program for first years, and I am a general body member of the Latinx Student Alliance (LSA). I also love to hang out with my friends, bake, dance, sing, and play with dogs!

After graduation, I hope to secure a teaching job back in Northern Virginia, specifically for either 3rd or 4th grade. I want to do this because (1) I will be able to spend time with my family, (2) it's what I'm studying to do, and (3) it's what I'm passionate about!

You can find me on Instagram @haaaaaanu