Ann has always loved stories! One of her favorite quotes is, “Stories can clarify where explanations fail.” Stories are not only enjoyable, but they help people make better sense of the world. Some of her favorite places to spend time are the bookstore, the library, and the movie theatre. She also loves swimming and running. During the past 10 years, she has completed two full marathons and about a dozen half marathons; she hopes to keep this up for a long time.
Her educational background includes a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from Grand Canyon University and a Master’s Degree in Reading Education from Arizona State University. She began her teaching career as an 8th grade Language Arts teacher. She then spent a few years at home raising her children, while at the same time earning her M.Ed. She has spent the last 15 years as an Adjunct Professor of English, Humanities, and Education for Rio Salado College, a community college in Arizona. The courses she has taught include Children’s Literature and Adolescent Literature. When her family moved to Indiana and then to Connecticut for her husband’s work, she was able to continue teaching online. She and her family moved to Idaho last summer, and she had the opportunity to become acquainted with the Alturas family this past school year as a paraprofessional in Mrs. Blunt’s PYP classroom. She is excited to be back in the classroom, this time working with MYP students at Alturas.
Ann is a wife, mother of four great kids, and grandmother of two adorable grandbabies. She is excited to share stories and their many meanings as well as the value of language with her students.