Hella joins the Literacy Trust, Inc with a strong passion and desire to help students reach their full potential. One of her first positions held that exposed her to this need was under Jumpstart at the University of California Los Angeles. Hella quickly began to understand the importance of how the reading skills developed at an early age would impact the child’s higher education. After graduating UCLA in 2014 with a B.A. in African American Studies and a minor in Developmental Psychology, she moved to New York and joined Teach For America as a Corps Member.
Hella was a lead Kindergarten teacher at a top performing charter school for two years and was able to achieve over 80% mastery in both reading and writing. This experience in the classroom taught her how transferable students’ reading and comprehension skills were across all subjects. Additionally, Hella was also given the opportunity to attain a Master’s Degree at Relay Graduate School of Education in Elementary Teaching. With over five years of experience in working with children of different ages, backgrounds, and instructional needs, Hella continues to be a driving change in ensuring students success in literacy.