Hannah Dietsch most recently served as the Louisiana Department of Education's Assistant Superintendent and Chief Strategy Officer. For eight years, Hannah was a member of the Department's executive team, where she played a key role in shaping and executing Louisiana Believes, Louisiana's plan to ensure that every child is on track to college or a professional career.
Hannah focused on issues relative to the educator workforce. Most notably, Hannah led Louisiana's adoption of teacher preparation and licensure policies arising from the nationally recognized Believe and Prepare teacher preparation pilot program. These policies ensure that every Louisiana certified teacher completes a yearlong residency under the tutelage of a skilled mentor. Toward the end of her tenure, Hannah designed and executed the agency's strategic planning and continuous improvement cycle. Additionally, Hannah led the agency's public health response to COVID-19. Hannah convened public health, medical, and epidemiological partners to develop and ensure approval of school reopening guidelines and related supports, including an innovative partnership with Children's Hospital New Orleans.
Hannah began her career in education as a middle school English teacher in Baltimore City, as a Teach For America corps members. Hannah went on to leadership roles at the Maryland State Department of Education, the New York City Department of Education, at TNTP, and on Teach For America's national admissions team. At TNTP, Hannah worked with Louisiana's Recovery School District and with the Louisiana Department of Education to design and launch educator evaluation and support systems. At the New York City Department of Education, Hannah was responsible for reorganizing support for the City's 1,700 schools, shifting from a regional structure to the network structure established as part of Chancellor Joel Klein's Children First agenda.
Hannah holds a bachelor's degree in English from Tulane University, a master's degree in teaching from Johns Hopkins University, and a master's degree in education from Harvard University. She is a Pahara-Aspen Fellow and an alumna of The Broad Residency in Urban Education. Hannah lives in New Orleans with her husband and two young daughters. She serves on the board of the Louise S. McGehee School, the Louisiana Children's Museum, and the National Council on Teacher Quality.