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LaChan V. Hannon, Ph.D. is a former high school teacher and the current Director of Teacher Preparation & Innovation in the Department of Urban Education at Rutgers-Newark. Dr. Hannon received her Ph.D. from Montclair State University in teacher education and teacher development with a focus on parent engagement and culturally responsive school practices. Her scholarly work investigates the intersectionality of race, disability, and parent involvement as they relate to the professional development for school leaders and educators. Her research and teaching interests are on culturally responsive school/parent partnerships, teacher self-study, and teaching for social justice. Her TEDx Talk titled Young, Gifted & Black with Autism was released in 2016. Dr. Hannon has published articles and chapters in academic texts including: International Handbook of Self-Study of Teaching and Teacher Education Practices, Contemporary Justice Review, and Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.
Dr. Hannon graduated from the University of Delaware in 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a minor in sociology. Through an intentional course of study, Dr. Hannon simultaneously pursued and received special education graduate certificates in Educating Individuals with Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis from the Pennsylvania State University in 2009, which have impacted her both professionally and personally. Dr. Hannon and her husband Dr. Michael D. Hannon co-founded the 501c3 non-profit organization Greater Expectations Teaching and Advocacy Center Inc (GETAC) as a means to support families with children with developmental differences in addition to education professionals through parent workshops, professional development, and advocacy support.
After spending seven years as a high school teacher and desiring to broaden her professional skill set, Dr. Hannon transitioned into early intervention services as a teacher for preschool children with developmental disabilities. She would then accept a position as the county-wide behavioral health and rehabilitative services program director that provides behavioral and mental health services to children and adolescents with diagnosed disabilities between the ages of 3-19. In 2012, Dr. Hannon returned to the classroom with a professional focus on increasing teacher confidence and knowledge working with students with disabilities in educational settings. In 2013, she completed a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership/Teacher Leadership from Pennsylvania State University.
Currently, Dr. Hannon presents at both local and national conferences on topics of autism education, culturally responsive school practices, and educational leadership. Dr. Hannon is an advocate for equitable access to quality education, a supporter of teacher learning, and a believer that schools improve when they intentionally engage families and communities in the education of their children.
- Larkin, D. & Hannon, L. V. (2019). Preparing teachers for students in juvenile justice settings. Contemporary Justice Review: Issues in Criminal, Social, and Restorative Justice.
- Hannon, M. D. & Hannon, L. V. (2017). Fathers’ orientation to their children’s autism diagnosis: A grounded theory study. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.
- Hannon, M. D., Johnson, K. F., & Christian, N. A. & Hannon, L. V. (2017). Minority fathers of students with autism: Engagement strategies for school counselors. Journal of School Counseling.
- Hannon, L. V. (2020). Engaging my whole self in learning to teach for social justice. In A. Berry, S. Bullock, A. Crowe, H. Guðjónsdóttir, J. Kitchen, and M. Taylor (Eds.). International Handbook of Self-Study of Teaching and Teacher Education. New York, NY: Springer.
- Hannon, L. V. (2019). Mothering While Black: Shape-shifting Amid Ableism, Racism, and Autism. In P. Lalvani (Ed.), Constructing the (M)other: Narratives of Disability, Motherhood and the Politics of Normal.
- Baglieri, S., Abuabasa, D., Cahill, E. H., Hannon, L. V., Matyas, J., Oliveros, E. P., Schwarzer, D., Summer, L. M. (2018). Disability and Inclusive Education: Changing Perspectives. In D. Schwarzer & J. Grinberg (Eds.), Understanding Glocal Contexts in Education: What Every Novice Teacher Needs to Know (pp. 168-181). Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing Company.
- Hannon, M. D. & Hannon, L. V. (2012). Speaking those things that be not as though they are: The role of faith in caregivers’ educational hopes for their differently-abled son. In T. S. Jenkins (Ed.) Family matters: A portrait of family, community, and college. New York, NY: Routledge Press.