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Teacher Profile

Dana Hanley

True North Homeschool Teacher

Dana teaches Junior High Writing, German and is an Enrichment Class teacher with True North Homeschool Academy.

About Dana Hanley

Dana is a homeschool mom to six children, aged 6, 9, 13, 15, 17, and 21.

She believes the purpose of education is to teach students how to learn and to challenge them to stretch their knowledge and experience to open as many opportunities as possible. Learning a foreign language is important not only for communication in a rapidly globalizing marketplace, but to learn new ways of thinking and seeing the world which enrich our daily lives. Exploring other cultures gives us a greater understanding of others and also ourselves.

Dana is passionate about her faith, homeschooling and supporting other moms through the trials of motherhood. She blogs about faith, motherhood, and homeschooling at This Unexceptional Life where she concentrates on everyday stories that encourage connection with our children and our faith. She is also active on Facebook.

Homeschool Experience

Mrs. Hanley has graduated one daughter who went on to become the local director for Child Evangelism Fellowship and a farrier. She has five children still at home aged six through seventeen. She has also taught other homeschool students in co-op settings. She currently teaches in a cottage school together with four other homeschool moms. She teaches German and writing to students from four to fourteen.

Professional Degrees & Experience

She has a Bachelor of Arts in Germanic Languages and Literature from the University of Kansas. She graduated with distinction. During her junior year in high school, she received a Congress-Bundestag scholarship to become an exchange student for one academic year in Germany. She also did a year of graduate work a the Christian Albrechts University in Kiel, Germany on scholarship where she concentrated on curriculum development.

She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Kansas. After college, she joined Teach for America and taught two years in a low-income school in southern Texas. She went on to work as a house parent in a Christian group home then transition to family support work for foster families with the same agency. After her second child was born, she made the choice to stay home and focus on raising and homeschooling her growing family.


“Why would I take a class taught by Dana? What does she have to offer that makes this class better than others I’m considering? That is probably what you are thinking if you are looking at this site and I’m here to help you decide, why given the choice, I would choose Dana’s class EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. Dana not only has the education under her belt to have been a public school teacher, but she also has the experience of raising and teaching her many children at home. The combination of those two educational dichotomies has honed her skills to the masters level. She can take the complex and make it easily understood, in addition to making accomplishing the simple feel like finally scaling Mt. Everest! Her genuine love of learning carries through her teaching and actions to encourage kids of all abilities to keep trying even when it doesn’t come easily. You see this
love of learning not only in Dana’s “classroom” but also in her everyday life where she is constantly learning new things on her hobby farm and as a Mom. Her patience is inspiring as is her genuine desire to not only teach but set a great example of why life learning is important and fun!  My 11 year old adopted special needs daughter has been in Dana’s “classroom” on a few different occasions and when asked what she thought I should share with people to encourage them to take Miss Dana’s class her immediate response was, “they need to know that she is funny, cool, kind, and her spaghetti tastes better than ours” . . . I’m not sure I can really add much to an endorsement of that caliber. Give the class a try, you won’t be sorry, and you just might come back for more!”
Sioux & Sally

Homeschooler & Parent

TNHA was AMAZING! I took a CLEP prep Psychology course with Mrs. Nehring, and I was so amazed at how thorough and insightful it was with handling the material. I have now successfully passed the Psychology CLEP exam, and I am very, very grateful to TNHA for preparing me so thoroughly for it.

Ada S.

2019 High School Sophomore