LaChan V. Hannon, PhD is the Director of Teacher Preparation & Innovation and an Assistant Professor of Professional Practice in the Department of Urban Education at Rutgers University Newark. Dr. Hannon earned her PhD from Montclair State University in teacher education and teacher development. Her scholarly work focuses on the intersectionality of race, disability, and parent involvement as they relate to the professional development for school leaders and educators.
LaChan has graduate certificates in Educating Individuals with Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis from Penn State where she would also earn her master’s degree in Educational Leadership in 2013. LaChan founded the 501c3 non-profit organization Greater Expectations Teaching and Advocacy Center Inc (GETAC) in 2007 to support families and children with autism and developmental differences.
Dr. Hannon’s research and teaching interests focus on culturally responsive school/parent partnerships, teacher learning, and welcoming practices. Her TEDx Talk titled Young, Gifted & Black with Autism was released in 2016 and is used in college classrooms across the country. Dr. Hannon has published articles and chapters in academic texts including International Handbook of Self-Study of Teaching and Teacher Education Practices, Contemporary Justice Review, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, and Self-Studies in Urban Teacher Education.