Rachel Hatten, Ph.D.
Director of Professional Development
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.
Donna Hanney, MBA
Fiscal & Business Analyst
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 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.