Ms. Hearn holds a B.A. in Psychology from Brown University, an M.A. in Psychology from Boston University, and an Ed.S. in Educational Leadership from Georgia State University. Building on 14 years of experience as a middle school science teacher, and 3 years as the director of the New Teacher Residency Project, Ms. Hearn is excited to be engaging this cross-schools initiative to increase teacher effectiveness and retention in Atlanta Public Schools.
Ms. Hearn is committed to her community, having volunteered with the United Way and Fugees Academy, developed a well-respected “homeless immersion” course for middle school students to better understand homelessness, and has been recognized by Emory University with their Martin Luther King, Jr. community service award. Ms. Hearn has also worked as a researcher at Harvard Medical School and at Emory University and in schools for students with autism and traumatic brain injuries.
When she has free time, Ms. Hearn enjoys running, camping, cooking, and playing Ultimate Frisbee. She lives in the Lake Claire neighborhood with her husband and two sons.
Ms. Hearn is the Director of the ANCS’ Center for Collaborative Learning (CCL). The mission of the CCL is realized in large part through the work of the CREATE teacher residency program, which Ms. Hearn also directs. CREATE (Collaboration and Reflection to Enhance Atlanta Teacher Effectiveness) is a 3-year residency program designed to support Georgia State University College of Education and Human Development students as they complete their teaching practicum work and step into their first 2 years as teachers of record. You can read more about CREATE here.