Shelley Hanna grew up in Lodi and graduated in 1991. In 1998, she entered San Joaquin Delta College as an adult with a family. In the 90’s, as a returning student, she felt vastly underprepared for college and it is this experience that has driven her to design much of her own curriculum, breaking down the information, scaffolding steps and empowering students to be successful through a newfound confidence in their own abilities. Her primary goals are to prepare students for the rigors of college level reading and writing. In 2001 she transferred to CSU, Sacramento, in pursuit of a B.A in Liberal Studies. After working as a substitute for five years, she realized that her true passion was teaching at the higher level. In 2005, she graduated from CSU, Sacramento, where she double majored in Liberal Studies and English. In 2007 she earned her California Teaching Credential from CSU, Stanislaus. In 2009 she earned her M.A in English Literature and a Certificate in Teaching Composition from CSU, Sacramento. She worked for SUSD for ten years at Cesar Chavez High School and in 2011, she began working as an adjunct instructor for San Joaquin Delta College. Having taught high school for ten years, she has a unique perspective on the challenges many students face as they transition from high school to college, especially when it comes to reading and writing. She is an avid reader who loves unlocking the wonders of the written word and finds great pleasure in watching the transformation of her students.