Penley, Hannah
Hannah Penley
Mary John and Ralph Spence Forty Acres Scholarship 
Forty Acres Scholars Class of 2021
Hometown
Houston, TX
High School
Clear Lake High School

I have always had a passion for athletics, the outdoors, and music. I have played just about every sport one can imagine, seen breathtaking sights on peaks of mountains, and practiced instruments for countless hours. All of these experiences have contributed to shaping who I am today. While I love participating in these activities, my true passion lies in serving others. This passion to serve has led me to pursue a degree in Special Education. I look forward to gathering more tools to equip special needs children with the knowledge, values, and skills needed to pursue their dreams. In my future classrooms, I hope to create an accepting environment where different cultures are celebrated, different abilities are cherished, and different personalities are appreciated. Most importantly, I want my future students to have fun while learning and know that they are loved more than they can imagine. In addition to serving as captain of my high school varsity cross country team and varsity soccer team, I was also deeply involved in the Best Buddies Program, an organization that pairs special education students with their general education peers. Serving as president of this program, as well as working closely with the high school special education teachers, intensified my passion for this course of study and my love for my special education peers. I cannot wait to learn more about Special Education at The University of Texas at Austin!

Major 
Mathematics - UTeach Program

Other Academic Interests 
Special Education
Physical Education

Extracurricular Activities 
College ministry at the Austin Stone Community Church
Kids ministry at the Austin Stone Community Church
Intern at Tejas Trails

What drew you to the Forty Acres Scholars Program (FASP)? 
I love how the Forty Acres Scholars Program focuses on a holistic education. The program, the staff, and the other scholars are always encouraging growth in academics, as well as extracurricular activities, culture, and other passions and interests.