Teaching Ambassador Fellowship
2008 Alumni Classroom Fellow
Bio/Overview: Anna is currently the Literary Specialist for Lincoln Street School in Exeter, N.H. She has worked in the states of Washington, Massachusetts, Maine and New Hampshire as a Kindergarten and 3rd Grade Teacher, a 1st through 4th grade Title 1 Teacher, and a Literacy Specialist. Anna’s positive experience in the rural Western Massachusetts school system inspired her to apply Saint Joseph’s College of Maine, which solidified her passion for the field of education. Upon completion of her under graduate degree in Elementary Education at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine in 2003, Anna completed her Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction through Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. Having the experience of how education is handled in various districts and states has strengthened Anna’s resolve in ensuring that her students are given the best chance they can to learn and grow while also gaining confidence in their own abilities. Anna believes in continually reevaluating instruction and practices in order to suit the needs of students on an individual level.
Achievements: When Anna was a Title 1 teacher and working on her Master’s through Lesley University in Literacy, she recognized the need to introduce her rural Maine elementary school to multicultural experiences. This led to an application and award of a grant to start a multicultural reading program with the schools 1st-4th grade students. Although a bit controversial to the local community, it was quickly embraced and institutionalized. Anna has authored pieces for teachtolead.org and Kidsville News. As a Literacy Coach, she wrote LitBuzz, a literacy newsletter for staff. Also, Anna writes a blog to provide information pertaining to literacy instruction, assessment and research.
Leadership Experience: Anna has led teacher study groups, served on a Teacher Facilitator Team, and the Response to Intervention Reading Committee. Anna is also one of the founders of the New England Regional Teacher Leadership Initiative (NERTLI). NERTLI is an organization for teachers to learn about educational policy and find opportunities for involvement. Anna was also a presenter at the Maine PBIS conference and was an elementary representative for the Teacher Evaluation Committee. Anna was a guest instructor for the University of Southern Maine where she was able to share best practices of Literacy instruction. Currently, Anna serves on the Enhancement Learning Committee and is the lead on program implementation. As a 2008 Teacher Ambassador Fellow, Anna was able to increase educators’ knowledge in educational policy and provide opportunities for their voices to be heard. During her time as a Fellow, Anna attended a ‘Listening and Learning Tour’ roundtable with Glenn Cummings, who at the time was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Vocational & Adult Education. Anna attended a ‘Back-to-School Bus Tour’ as the local representative when the Secretary of Education visited King Middle School in Portland, Maine. Since then, Anna has convened and co-facilitated multi-stakeholder roundtable discussions with educators and community members in southern and coastal Maine. Also, Anna had the opportunity to peer review project applications for Teach to Lead summits.
Affiliations: International Reading Association, International Literacy Association
Education: Anna completed her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine. During her first year at Songo Locks, Anna completed her Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction: Specialization in Literacy: Language, Reading and Writing through Lesley University.
Areas of Interest/Expertise:
- Universal Design for Learning and Response to Instruction
- Teacher leadership