What caught me by surprise was how much I enjoyed teaching. There were days that I found myself thinking, 'I can't believe I get paid for this!'
Danny Hahn Senior Fellow
Senior Fellow Gunn High School Palo Alto, California
As an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania, Danny Hahn loved logical progression and the way that math and chemistry analyses had a knack for “working out, for being justifiable and interconnected.” Danny graduated with a chemical engineering degree but had no real passion to pursue this field in the business world. “I dabbled in summer positions as a lab assistant, and wondered how something so technical could hold my interest.” What Danny really loved was visiting his youth group back home, serving as a camp counselor, and building relationships with young people.
After graduation Danny was about to go home to Southern California when a friend who was teaching told him that a math position had opened up in her middle school. Danny found himself teaching 6th and 7th grade math and enjoying every minute. “I realized that this was something I wanted to spend my life doing.” Danny earned his master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education in 2006. “Looking back, I can see all the ways that my personal path was pointing toward a life in education. My sincere hope is that I can offer my students my very best.” Danny is the co-leader of a Professional Learning Community at his school.