Hannah Allen

MPP ’18 | Education Policy

Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, I received my BA in Religious Studies from Wheaton College (MA). Upon graduating, I received a Fulbright grant to teach English in rural Bulgaria. Throughout my first year in Bulgaria I noticed a lack of opportunities for students to think critically and engage thoughtfully in conversations around government, politics and current events. With a few other Fulbrighters, we founded the BEST Foundation, a non-profit that provides speech and debate programming to students in Bulgaria. We currently serve over 1000 Bulgarian students, conduct national teacher trainings in critical thinking, and partner with international organizations to send our students abroad.

After three years living and working in Bulgaria, I am now pursuing my Masters in Education Policy at Vanderbilt, hoping to hone in on the intersection between education reform and market strategy in order to create more impactful and meaningful changes in our public school systems. I am also interested in the transformation of mission work and the teaching of social innovation and enterprise to young people. Participating in Project Pyramid was an amazing introduction to seeing the role that the market plays in alleviating poverty in an effective and innovative way. I look forward to bringing these transformative experiences to other Vanderbilt students as co-director of projects for the 2017-2018 school year.

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