Born in Baltimore, Maryland, to an Army family, Lee and her two sisters had the opportunity to live in Germany, England, South Korea, and several states in the US during childhood. She traveled extensively and gained an appreciation of many cultures while experiencing them first-hand.
When it came time for college, Lee attended Florida State University where she majored in Early Childhood Education and minored in Mathematics. Upon graduation (Cum Laude) she taught school in Georgia and Florida. Despite her love of teaching, she put aside her chalk and erasers to join the Navy and was commissioned an Ensign in 1981. Her first tour took her back to Asia, this time to Yokosuka, Japan. It was during this tour that Lee applied for and was accepted for flight school. She earned her coveted Naval Flight Officer Wings of Gold in 1984 in Pensacola, Florida.
Her Naval career took her to Key West, Pensacola, and Jacksonville Beach, FL, Washington, DC several times, and Pittsburgh, PA. She held leadership positions throughout those years, both ashore and afloat. Lee was the first Naval Flight Officer to command Training Squadron Four and was the first woman to command an Air Wing in the US Navy – Training Air Wing Six. During her Naval career, Lee attended the MIT Seminar XXI program, completed the Naval War College, earned a master’s degree in International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh, and a master’s certificate in Leadership Coaching from the George Washington University. Despite her successes in the Navy, Lee decided to retire at the peak of her career. She was on a mission and wanted to get to work on it.
So, in 2007, she created The Global Corner, a non-profit company designed to teach children about other countries and cultures. Lee reasoned that the only way to create a community that was globally competitive was to start with kids. The Global Corner uses exciting, hands-on activities to pique the natural curiosity of elementary school-aged children. A different country is highlighted each year, with curricula covering Japan, Spain, Egypt, Brazil, Russia, India, Italy, Kenya, Australia, and China so far.
The Global Corner is quickly becoming one of the most anticipated programs in elementary schools throughout Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties – with more than 57,000 “virtual adventures” completed to date. Along with the teachers and volunteers of The Global Corner, Lee Hansen is “Bringing the World to Life – One Child at a Time” thousands of times each year.
Lee and her husband, Wilhelm “Butch” Hansen live in historic North Hill in Pensacola Florida with their dog, Raven. They have five children and twelve grandchildren (so far).
Ms. Hooper conducts all the school pre-visits and creates the schedules and teacher packets for each school visit. She also teaches the Introduction each day and oversees the five activities taught by our other teachers.
Ms. Thomas is in her fourth year of teaching with The Global Corner and teaches about the many interesting Chinese festivals celebrated in China - and around the world.
Ms. Purvis is in her third year of teaching with The Global Corner and teaches about the unique instruments and dances original to China.
Ms. Boettger is in her first full year of teaching with The Global Corner. She teaches about life for both Emperors and commoners in Ancient China.
Ms. Addy introduces students to what it is like to grow up in China today - from both city and country perspectives.
Ms. Minish teaches about the traditional and modern Chinese methods of art, architecture, and calligraphy.