By Hank Bond
The Greenup Beacon
Tim Hanner has been a successful educator for several decade. From the classroom to an administrative position Hanner saw his career blossom.
Tim is married to Marlene (Pennington) Hanner. They couple has two children: Daughter - Chris Perkins; Son - Jon Hanner; and two grandchildren - Jake (13) and Charlie (7).
He is a graduate of Russell High School ‘78; Eastern Kentucky University, BS in Education ‘82; Northern Kentucky University, MS Education '92; University of Cincinnati - Rank I Administration and Superintendent Certification ‘94.
Now Hanner is in a new pursuit.
The company is NaviGo - College and Career Prep Services, LLC - navigoprep.com
“We have a partnership with Thomas More College, in Crestview Hills, Kentucky, and coach students on site at the college. We also have office space there as well.
This pursuit came after he retired as an administrator.
“After health issues forced me to retire as superintendent of the Kenton County School District in July, 2011, I knew my life's work would always be focused on education.
“Within a few months of retirement, I spent a good deal of time and energy considering what the next chapter in my life would be. I worked to create three businesses within education:
1 - Hanner Educational Enterprises, LLC (private consulting with education)
2 - The Administrators Roundtable Network, LLC (professional development for school and district administrators in a business-type, professional roundtable setting); and
3 - NaviGo College and Career Prep Services, LLC
All three of these businesses have been exciting to start, and but NaviGo College and Career Prep Services is where I have focused the majority of my time and energy. Creating an organization that helps students navigate their middle and high school years and helps them stay focused on going to college or embracing a career seemed like a logical next step. That's why I began developing the company in 2011 and started NaviGo in 2013.
“NaviGo continues to grow and gain momentum. The team we assembled that forms the core of NaviGo, spent more than two years developing the company’s vision, mission, and curriculum worked on the strategies to determine how we could best help young people achieve their goals. As Superintendent of Kentucky's 5th largest school district, I was keenly aware that many students didn't quite grasp the value of their educational experience and didn't understand how to transition from high school to college and/or a career.
“That's in no way a criticism of teachers or school counselors; it's just reflective of the fact that schools today are teaching more and more students while relying on a limited number of professional educators. I like to say that NaviGo compliments and enhances the work being done daily by guidance counselors in schools all across Kentucky (and elsewhere).”
Hanner is quick to point out his business is on the move.
“We're on the move! NaviGo has private clients who work with specially trained NaviGo coaches. We also support the Northern Kentucky Education Council with NaviGo Scholars, a program that brings students, who have a variety of skills, together with regional businesses in need of skilled workers – partnering with companies such as Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Duke Energy, and CITI.
“In addition, NaviGo is engaged in a pilot program in the Fayette County School District designed to empower a large number of students when it comes to college and/or career planning.
“My years spent in the classroom as a teacher and a mentor and in administrative roles have been instrumental in my new role as president/CEO of NaviGo.
“Few things give me more satisfaction than working directly with students and watching them grow in unique and unexpected ways. Helping young people discover their true interests, talents and passions has always been a great motivator for me, and that's at the center of what my partners and I like to call the NaviGo Way.
“I've been fortunate to have opportunities to stay deeply connected with the educational world, and those connections have helped me grow professionally.”
Hanner now is on target with his aspirations.
“Right now, I'm focused on helping NaviGo reach its full potential as a company that helps young people discover their best selves.
“Long term, if we're able to help students save money on college, boost retention in years one and two of university life, then we're on the right track.
“If we help a young man or woman find meaningful and fulfilling employment opportunities, then we're on the right track. There's too much at stake for young people today, and that's evident when students make college or career decisions they later regret.
“NaviGo is designed to help students make decisions that will benefit them for years to come.”
The entire process of creating NaviGo has been a team effort from a small, diverse group of individuals – including a couple of former colleagues from education, a couple of local business leaders and a former student from Russell Middle and Russell High School – Todd Dykes, he explained.
“ Todd is a very successful NBC affiliate news anchor. He is neighbor, business partner and friend. We have worked hard to take this idea to a vision to a reality.
“I love the fact that I'm able to marry my educational experience with an entrepreneurial opportunity. Spending time with young people is always exciting. I love listening to them and taking what they say and using their feedback to make their lives better. Working with my partners, who are very thoughtful, intelligent and considerate, is also a really rewarding experience.
“We all share one goal - to help young people make the most of their high school experience and the transition to adulthood. We know the need is great, and we believe we have unique solutions to many of the most pressing issues on the college and career planning front.”
Since the business’ inception, Hanner has given his total energy to achieving his goals.
“Since I first envisioned NaviGo in 2011, I've recognized the importance of perseverance. We've had ups and downs, like any new business, but my team and I know how critical it is to learn, adapt and move forward.
“We're committed to helping as many young people and their families as possible, in as many places as possible, so from NaviGo's vantage point the future is bright!”
Here are some notes from Hanner’s background.
President of NaviGo - College and Career Prep Services, LLC - www.navigoprep.com
Partner/Co-Founder of Administrators Roundtable Network, LLC. Owner of Hanner Educational Enterprises, LLC - 859-802-1303. "We are more than the sum of our knowledge; we are the product of our imagination." Ferdi Serim
His professional experience includes:
NaviGo College and Career Prep Services 2011-Present. President and CEO – responsible for the vision, creation, development and implementation of a business model that will assist families and students in planning for life beyond the high school setting.
Hanner Educational Enterprises 2011-Present. Owner – consultation business to assist with school improvement issues in a wide variety of areas, including contracts with:
Children, Inc. Designed and Implemented a Northern Kentucky Youth Advisory Board comprised of student leaders from across the region. Students are empowered to lead other students to make positive changes in their respective schools and communities.
Kentucky Association of School Administrators
Led a design team through the development and redesign of a Next Generation Superintendent Internship Program.
Collaborated with district leaders, University of Kentucky, Education Professional Standards Board and Scholastic, Inc. to design a national model.
Northern Kentucky University
Collaborated with university staff on the redesign of the Teacher Preparation program.
Administrators Roundtable Network, LLC 2011-Present. Co-owner/Founder – Designed and implemented a roundtable network for superintendents in Northern and Central Kentucky. Provided professional development and collaboration opportunities to district leaders via in-person and on-line networking.
Kenton County Board of Education – Ft. Wright, Kentucky 1999-2011. Superintendent – responsible for the vision, leadership and management of the Kenton County School District.
Kentucky Department of Education – Frankfort, Kentucky 2002-2003. Associate Commissioner, Office of Leadership and School Improvement - responsibilities and initiatives including, but not limited to: Supervised the Highly Skilled Educator Program
Coordinated the Scholastic Audit and Review process; Supervised the Minority Educator Recruitment and Retention Program; Supervised the Kentucky Leadership Academy Program; Developed the Educational Leadership Development Collaborative
Developed the Achievement Gap Coordinators’ Network.
Piner Elementary School - Morning View, Kentucky 1997-1999. Elementary School Principal - responsibilities and initiatives including, but not limited to: Developed shared vision and mission statement with entire staff; Planned strategically for school and student achievement; Applied research and informed practice about human development and learning; Creating an open, trusting and safe environment; Solving problems in accordance with professional ethics; Demonstrating and using technology to enhance learning; Assessing needs of community and available resources; Articulating high expectations for student achievement to parents and community.
Kenton County Board of Education - Erlanger, Kentucky 1996-1997. Elementary Program Coordinator - - responsibilities and initiatives including, but not limited to:
District‑wide Curriculum/Instruction/Assessment assistance; Schools Program Coordinator; English as a Second Language Program Coordinator; School and District Transformation Planning Coordinator; District‑wide Gifted and Talented Services Lead
Lead Teacher Program Coordinator; Elementary At‑Risk Students Program Coordinator
Kentucky Department of Education - Frankfort, Kentucky 1995-1996; Distinguished Educator (School Transformation Assistance and Renewal Program) - responsibilities and initiatives including, but not limited to: Educational Consultant for Division of School Improvement and Regional; Assistant to the Kentucky Department of Education with research and staff development; Technology Point of Contact and Assistant for the Kentucky Department of Education.
Woodland Middle School -Taylor Mill, Kentucky 1990-1995; Writing/Communications Instructor ‑ responsibilities and initiatives including, but not limited to: Writing Task Force Leader for the National Alliance for Restructuring Education; District Writing Portfolio Cluster Trainer; Kentucky Writing Portfolio Facilitator; Presenter at National Alliance for Restructuring Education Conference; Total Quality Management Participant
Effective Schools Task Force Leader; Academic Team Leader; In‑school Tutoring Program Coordinator.
Ashland Oil, Inc., Lexington, Kentucky 1988-1990: Management/Supervisor ‑ responsibilities and initiatives including, but not limited to: Trainer for Customer Service Representatives; Facilitator/Trainer for Manager Trainees; Leading, planning, developing, monitoring and reporting fiscal operations.
Russell Middle School, Russell, Kentucky 1982-1988. Co-founder/Instructor of the Enrichment Program for Gifted and Talented Students; Instructor of English, Social Studies, Speech and Career Education - responsibilities and initiatives including, but not limited to: Academic Team Coach, Speech Team Coordinator; Intramural Program Coordinator; High School Baseball Coach, and High School Basketball Coach.
2010 Kentucky Superintendent of the Year
2011 Kids First Advocacy Award – Kentucky Association of School Administrators
2011 Lifetime Achievement Award – Northern Kentucky Education Council
2011 Business-Education Partnership Award – Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
2011 Special Teams Award (Man of the Year – Kicks for Kids)
2012 Distinguished Service Lifetime Achievement Award – Kentucky Association of School Administrators
2012 Paul Mason Legislative Advocate for Children Award – Kentucky PTA
2014 Northern Kentucky Civic Leadership Award – Northern Kentucky Kids Voting
Board member of the League of New Cities Institute
Board member of the Kentucky Center for Safe Schools
Vice President of the Council on Better Education.
While superintendent Tim Hanner assists a student in math preparation.
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