Raised on a working farm, Mr. Hansen received his Bachelor of Arts degree in History at the University of Nebraska. As a classroom teacher, most of Mr. Hansen's experience has been with AP English language and AP world history, a course he co-taught with his wife and which earned recognition from the College Board as the best of its kind in the nation. In addition to working as a grader of AP English language exams at the national reading, Hal has also been a featured presenter on AP English at the National AP Conference.
As a writer and communicator, Mr. Hansen has nearly twenty years of experience in which he has learned to connect with a wide range of audiences. After earning a second place finish in public speaking at the National Forensics League National Championships during his junior year in high school, he went on to work as a registered lobbyist both during and after college. Mr. Hansen has also worked as the communications advisor to a hi-tech start up and as a Subject Matter Expert in Writing for the Department of Defense, in addition to publishing a book on campaigns and elections in the fall of 2012.
When he's not writing, teaching 8th and 9th grade English to BASIS Independent students, or reading, Mr. Hansen likes gardening, classic cinema, and traveling in Europe and the western United States with his wife and daughters.