ABOUT OUR FACILITATOR
Dr. Hannah Gbenro
Chief Academic Officer (CAO), Olympia SD
WCI 2022 Chair
Dr. Hannah Gbenro serves as the Chief Academic Officer (CAO) in Washington State’s Capital - Olympia School District (OSD) – where she oversees the Teaching & Learning (T&L) Team that has collectively renewed their mission in alignment with the districtwide, Whole Child focused Strategic Plan: With equity at the forefront, our Olympia School District T&L Team mission is to equip, empower, and collaborate with stakeholders for increased individual and collective potential for the benefit of the Whole Child, Whole Educator, & Whole Community.
Dr. Gbenro has served nearly 20-years in education, spanning the roles of special education para educator, high school teacher, elementary dean of students, K – 12 instructional coach, middle school assistant principal, and district administrator. She holds multiple degrees and certifications, including a doctorate from Seattle University with dual specializations in Principalship and Business alongside a Master’s in Teacher Leadership from the University of Illinois.
Dr. Gbenro has served on a number of local and state committees, including the Washington State ASCD Board (WSASCD, President), House Bill 1361 State Leadership Team: K-12 Workplace Traumatic Stress, Puget Sound Skills Center Board, Tacoma Art Museum Education Task Force, and Tacoma Youth Symphony Board. She is also a member of ASCD, the Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA), the Washington Association of School Business Officials (WASBO), and the Washington Association of School District Administrators (WSSDA).
Dr. Gbenro has presented at the state, national, and international level in the areas of standards-based education, leadership, and technology for learning; she has been recognized by ASCD, WSASCD, the Washington Library Media Association (WLMA), and the Washington Educational Research Association (WERA) for her leadership in support of students and educators.