Hannah Handschin (she/her)

Professional Mentor, K-5

Hannah likes to keep her life filled with outdoor adventures, giggles with her niece and nephew, cooking (and tasting) new recipes, and as much laughter as possible!

Originally from Idaho, Hannah moved to Seattle for a Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Leadership after two and a half years in Morocco doing Youth Development work as a Peace Corps Volunteer. In the Peace Corps, Hannah realized she didn’t want to come back to Idaho and pursue a career in Speech Pathology which was her original plan. Instead, she wanted to continue working with youth and be surrounded by a like-minded, community-centered culture of people.

Hannah spent her two years of graduate school nannying, then worked as a case manager for unhoused young adults and as a third-grade instructional assistant before joining Friends of the Children-Seattle at the end of 2020. She has always loved working with kids and was drawn to the sustainable, intentional model Friends follows with their youth. Her favorite part about working at Friends is the unique relationships she gets to make with each of her youth and their families.

Outside of work, Hannah loves to host backyard BBQs with family and friends, go camping with her wife in the beautiful PNW, and enjoys a night in, binge-watching a new TV show in the company of her two cats, Oliver and Zoe, and her dog, Loki. An advocate for social justice, equity, and love for all, Hannah loves her position as a Professional Mentor at Friends and hopes to make an uplifting impact on all those around her.

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