Torri Hart

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Educational Leadership & Policy

M.A. in Literature, George Mason University, 2019
B.A. in English, Secondary Education, Radford University, 2016

Torri Danny Hart is a doctoral student in the Educational Policy and Planning program at The University of Texas at Austin. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Secondary Education from Radford University and a Master of Arts in Literature from George Mason University.

Prior to beginning doctoral work, she began her career as an eighth-grade English teacher in Southern Virginia where she became passionate about working to provide equitable educational resources and opportunities to rural students. After completing her first year of teaching, she moved to Northern Virginia to complete her Masters while working full-time as a technical writer before returning to teaching. Upon the completion of her MA, she continued her teaching career with Loudoun County Public Schools at the middle and high school levels, teaching collegiate composition courses as well. Most recently, she worked as a government-contracted Communications Analyst for the United States Coast Guard, which advanced her interest in economic policy.

Her research interests include high-stakes testing, school funding, and the student experience in PK-12 public education systems. With a focus on rural areas, her research examines how state funding and accountability policies affect student trajectories after high school. With this work, her aim is to create economic policies that unify state procedures in the allocation of school funding.

She is pursuing her doctorate in Educational Policy and Planning with the intention to seek policy reform that will make public education opportunities and resources nationally equitable.