Although he didn’t always know that he wanted to pursue it as a career, Jonathan Hanover always had a deep connection to education.
As a baby, Jon lost most of his hearing and developed a speech impediment as a result. He was initially labeled with a disability, until one of his teachers saw his speech impediment as a learning gap and not a disability. It was a transformative experience for Jon and his firsthand exposure to how life-changing education can be.
Jon’s "lightbulb" moment came when he was doing work on a pro-bono partnership at Bain & Company with a community organization that was launching a charter school. He realized that the education sector was something that he was interested in exploring further. The Fellowship provided him with the opportunity to work with the Charter School Growth Fund as a Fellow.
“The Fellowship was a great way to dip my toe into education while getting a sense of the sector and where I could fit in,” he says. “It was a ‘safe’ way to try it out and get a good perspective on what a career in education could be like."
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