Hannah Aftalion has a deep passion for educating and empowering students of all learning needs. A Los Angeles native, she graduated from the University of Southern California in 2017 with a Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics. During her undergraduate studies, Ms. Aftalion discovered her passion for teaching and the science of how students produce speech. She also was a part of the USC Joint Educational Project Reader’s Plus Program where she taught students at Norwood Street Elementary School and helped them improve their literacy and mathematical skills. Ms. Aftalion also worked closely with her Linguistics professor to write directed research on the etiology of stuttering and intervention. These experiences led her to pursue a Master’s in Special Education and her teaching credential at the University of Southern California.
During her time in graduate school, Ms. Aftalion worked at the John Tracy Clinic assisting Auditory Verbal Therapists on intervention for children with hearing and language impairments. She helped children with hearing loss transfer to oral language and worked on the articulation of sounds. fter graduating in May 2019, Ms. Aftalion worked at Canyon Charter Elementary School. She feels lucky to work at Echo Horizon because it is a diverse community that provides a supportive, equitable, and empowering network to students of all learning needs.