About

Staff

Rachel Hatten

Rachel Hatten, Ph.D.

Director of Professional Development
Email: rachelhatten@usf.edu 

Dr. Rachel Hatten is the Director of Professional Development in the David C. Anchin Center for the Advancement of Teaching. She holds a Ph.D. in Critical Literacy and English Education and a Master of Arts in Literacy Education, both from the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on sociocultural theory and detracking efforts in privileged classroom spaces.  As a practicing teacher, Dr. Hatten has presented at national and international conferences and led numerous professional development workshops related to her work in literacy, equity, and best practices in instruction.

Prior to joining the Anchin Center, Dr. Hatten led literacy curriculum, instruction, and assessment for Pasco County Schools as the Senior Instructional Specialist for Literacy.  In this role, she was responsible for writing and delivering professional development to teachers, instructional coaches, and administrators related to best practices in literacy instruction and intervention.  She also wrote curriculum, made recommendations to the Superintendent’s Senior Staff, and made plans for literacy development in response to district- and school-wide data systems.  Dr. Hatten is also a former Literacy Coach, Racial Equity Coach, and high school English teacher, roles she served in for thirteen years in Minnesota prior to moving to Florida.


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Donna Hanney, MBA

Fiscal & Business Analyst
Email: dhanney@usf.edu

Donna Hanney is the Fiscal and Business Analyst in the David C. Anchin Center for the Advancement of Teaching. Ms. Hanney relocated to the Tampa area in 2019 from Baton Rouge, Louisiana and joined the Anchin Center in April 2020. She holds a Master of Business Administration from the E. J. Ourso College of Business at Louisiana State University. Ms. Hanney brings over 20 years of experience in administrative support services and business processes in education finance. 


Ashley Booth

Ashley Booth

Administrative Specialist                                                                      
Email: ashleybooth@usf.edu

Ashley Booth is the Administrative Specialist in the David C. Anchin Center for the Advancement of Teaching. Ms. Booth is a graduate of the University of South Florida with a degree in Sociology and is a former Hillsborough County Public Schools employee. She is a Tampa native and comes from a family of teachers. 


Graduate Assistants

Dana Roberts, MA

Dana Roberts
Dana Roberts is completing an EdD in Program Development in Educational Innovation. In the Anchin Center, Ms. Roberts is helping to launch an innovative community partnership pre-school and an associated community of practice for early childhood educators.  Ms. Roberts is a recent graduate of the USF system having just completed her master’s in psychology. She also has a master’s degree in leadership from Royal Roads University in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, as well as postgraduate certificates in Infant and Family Mental Health and Public Health Social Marketing from the University of South Florida. Ms. Roberts is passionate about child development, community development, adult learning, and the difference community learning networks can make in the ongoing development of professional practitioners.

Christopher Darby, MBA

Christopher Darby
Christopher Darby came to USF as a PhD transfer student from the University of Pittsburgh. At the University of Pittsburgh, Mr. Darby focused his research within K-12 Urban Education.  Mr. Darby joins the Education Policy and Leadership PhD program at USF with hopes to bring his experiences within Urban Education as an educator and practitioner to support ongoing efforts to expand equitable practices and policies to education.