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Compass Profiles: Danny Hanlon

posted Sat, Jul 07, 2018

Categories: Compass profiles

This summer, we will be highlighting members of the Compass Community.  This could include staff members, founding families, volunteers, board members, school designers, students or community partners.
Get to know us.


Staff: Danny Hanlon

Teacher-Adviser: English / English Language Development (ELD)


Six Word Memoir: 

“I am more than just tall.”

What’s your educational specialty/background?

B.A. in Humanities from CU-Boulder with emphases in Spanish and Journalism. Endorsed in Linguistically Different Learners and Secondary English Language Arts. Extensive experience in curriculum development and differentiation. A passionate student advocate, bilingual Spanish speaker, and runner-up in the 5th grade spelling bee.

Why Compass?

Compass is dedicated to a student-centric education, one that will provide authentic learning opportunities and empower youth to positively impact their community. The visionary educators at Compass understand the transformation that must occur in education now, and their mission is to validate every student’s learning journey and guide them to discover their own paths to success.

What do you believe?

Empathy opens the door to learning.

What are five things that you know to be true?
  1. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that. - borrowed from Dr. King.
  2. No one has ever made a wise decision while angry.
  3. You should always choose chocolate over vanilla.
  4. Knowledge is power.
  5. The best things in life aren’t things.
What is one question that you are still searching for an answer to?

When I do my laundry, where do the missing socks go?

What is the greatest accomplishment of your life?

The times I dared to leave my comfort zone to challenge myself built my self-confidence and shaped the person I am today.

For what in your life do you feel the most grateful?

The love from family and friends, quiet moments with my children

What are some of your favorite quotes?

“Not all those who wander are lost.” - J.R.R. Tolkien
“Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.” - Groucho Marx
“I love the relationship that anyone has with music … because there’s something in us that is beyond the reach of words, something that eludes and defies our best attempts to spit it out …It’s the best part of us probably …” - Nick Hornby