Rich Amend

8 LA/Lit & Social Studies, MS Social Studies Dept. chair, Grade 8 Advisor, Grade 8 Coordinator

Joined St. Anne's in: 2007

Degrees & Certifications: Bachelor of Arts

Years in education: 17

Favorite thing about St. Anne's: The kids, the faculty, and the campus.

Why did you choose to teach? Keeps me young and engaged. Kids are our most critical resource as a species. Why not try to impact them in a positive way?

Hobbies or interests outside of school: Music, running, and camping.

Stuck on an island what book do you bring with you?/Favorite book: The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

Sameera Anwar

Middle School Humanities
Phone: 3037569481

Joined St. Anne's in: 2020

Degrees & Certifications: Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Minor in Education; Master of Education in International Education Policy

Years in education: 10

Favorite thing about St. Anne's: Even in my short time here, I’ve loved getting to know the people! Everyone I’ve met so far is very welcoming and there’s an instant warmth and genuine care in every interaction.

Why did you choose to teach? I LOVE being around middle schoolers! Their boundless energy, unabashed honesty, curiosity and humor are unparalleled, which makes every day different and exciting. My students also teach me more than I could ever learn on my own, so for that, I’m always grateful.

Hobbies or interests outside of school: I love traveling to new places and learning about different cultures. I also enjoy cooking and spending time with family and friends who are scattered all over the globe. 

Stuck on an island what book do you bring with you?/Favorite book: Just one?! I’m not sure I could settle for one. I’d likely bring a journal so that I could write and reflect.

Stefanie Bakken

Middle School Spanish, Grade 4 Spanish, MS World Languages Department Chair, Grade 8 Advisor

Joined St. Anne's in: 2014

Degrees & Certifications: B.A. Spanish/Portuguese, M.A.Spanish & Latin American Literature/WL Education

Years in education: 23

Favorite thing about St. Anne's: It's hard to name just one thing! Creative, supportive, and FUN colleagues that work as a team and love our SAES kids. I love being part of our wonderful middle school in which our students feel safe, loved, and supported to navigate the confusing ups-and-downs of the tween years.

Why did you choose to teach? I teach because of the impact that learning a language in school had on me. It gave me the opportunity to be able to communicate with a whole new world of people and be immersed in everyday life in other cultures. I want everyone to have the superpower of understanding and speaking another language! I also teach because middle schoolers are magical!

Hobbies or interests outside of school: Building things and doing art projects, camping, being in nature, hiking, biking, snowshoeing, dancing, and listening to music, and working in the garden.

Stuck on an island what book do you bring with you?/Favorite book: Any giant book with lots of poems in it because you can read poems over and over again, and they are different every time you read them.

Stephen Bertles

Grade 1 Teacher

Joined St. Anne's in: 2018

Degrees & Certifications: Bachelors in Human Development with Licensure in Early Childhood Education

Years in education: 10

Favorite thing about St. Anne's: My favorite thing about working at St. Anne's is the overwhelming sense of community that permeates throughout the campus. From the moment I first visited, to walking into work every day, it feels amazing! The support, camaraderie, and teamwork is the best! It feels amazing to be a part of something that is so extremely special.

Why did you choose to teach? From the moment I was in first grade I knew I wanted to be a teacher. Sister Janet Marie made going to school something to look forward to each and every day. Knowing what an impact that makes on young learners, I knew it would be a daunting task. However, it has been one of the most fulfilling choices I have ever made. Seeing the excitement of students eager to come into the classroom tells me I have the best job ever.

Hobbies or interests outside of school: My dog! Juggling, dancing, volleyball, and hanging out with my family!

Stuck on an island what book do you bring with you?/Favorite book: If I knew I would be stuck in advance, I would want it to be the Bible! However, if I just happened to be stuck without prior insight--it would be probably be some new book purchased for my classroom--latest purchase--The Happy Book by Rachel Kempster

Jeff Bird

Grade 6 and 7 Science, Science Dept. Chair

Joined St. Anne's in: 1984

Degrees & Certifications: B. S. Wildlife Biology - West Virginia University

Years in education: 30

Favorite thing about St. Anne's: I have been at St. Anne's for a long time, and over the many years, it has become part of the fabric of my life. I spent time with Mother Irene, and she became a friend and source of inspiration. My daughter graduated from St. Anne’s in 2017, and my son graduated in 2020. It has been wonderful to share this school with them and to have had a first-hand window into their academic lives.

Why did you choose to teach? I enjoy sharing my passion for science and the scientific endeavor. I especially enjoy the relationships I build with students. I am blessed to work with a faculty who constantly amaze me with their talent and dedication.

Hobbies or interests outside of school: ;I am a beekeeper and tend to our own St. Anne’s beehives. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family. I love the outdoors and relish time spent hiking, backpacking, camping, and above all, fly fishing. I love music and I play the harmonica. I have a cat named Gigi.

Stuck on an island, what book do you bring with you?/Favorite book: The Monkey Wrench Gang by Edward Abbey

Deb Bishop

Grade 6 Math, Grade 8 Science, Grade 6 Coordinator, Grade 6 Advisor

Joined St. Anne's in: 2012

Degrees & Certifications: BS in Biology

Years in education: 22

Favorite thing about St. Anne's: The community at St. Anne's is so genuine and committed to enhancing every child's mind, body and spirit. It feels like I work in a fairytale because of the gorgeous campus and the amazing people I work with. We are a big family that looks out for one another and cares deeply for every individual.

Why did you choose to teach? I love seeing the "aha" moments in my students. Teaching is rewarding everyday that you get to have fun with kids while teaching them life skills to be a productive member of society. It always warms my heart when my students start to see their potential and come back and tell me about their successes.

Hobbies or interests outside of school: Camping, hiking, snowboarding, spending time with my two daughters and dogs, jewelry making, reading, dancing

Stuck on an island, what book do you bring with you?/Favorite book: Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford

Laura Boroughf

7 English, Social Studies, Grade 7 Advisor, Grade 7 Coordinator

Joined St. Anne's in: 2015

Degrees & Certifications: BA double major in sociology and psychology; MA in education; EdD in gifted education

Years in education: 14

Favorite thing about St. Anne's: The community and friendships

Why did you choose to teach? I always wanted to teach - since I was five years old! I would line up my dolls and teach them. I love being in the process of learning with students and seeing their face when they "get it" or reading a paper when everything clicks.

Hobbies or interests outside of school: Baking, running, being with my family.

Stuck on an island, what book do you bring with you?/Favorite book: Any good YA dystopian novel.

Char Brady

Preschool, Extended Day Director

Joined St. Anne's in: 2008

Degrees & Certifications: I am Colorado State Early Childhood Director Certified and have an Early Childhood Education, A.A.S. Degree

Years in education: 19

Favorite thing about St. Anne's: There are so many things that are my favorite thing about St. Anne’s. From the first moment I walked onto campus, the magic took my breath away, and continues to do so to this day. I feel very honored and blessed to work in a community of support with doing what’s best for each child. St. Anne's is a strong community. I am in awe of the fact that my passion for teaching preschool is not only supported, but encouraged as well. The reason I teach, to value, honor, respect and encourage each child, is what St. Anne's is all about.

Why did you choose to teach? I believe that each child is a unique individual and that uniqueness should be valued, honored, respected and encouraged. Children should be given the opportunity to reach their full potential. I believe that a child’s early experience is the foundation for adult potential, that parents are key to a child’s unique development and that play is essential in the learning process. My fundamental educational philosophy is that learning should be curiosity driven, active, enjoyable and emphasize student self-expression. The guiding principle in my teaching encompasses the idea that teachers should seek to empower students with the necessary skills needed to take control of their own learning. More important than what is actually learned are the skills needed to acquire that knowledge. Young children learn best when they are allowed to actively explore their environment, using materials in a hands-on fashion to learn specific concepts and building on their natural curiosity and having the appropriate materials for them to accomplish these goals in a nurturing atmosphere, where they feel secure, valued, capable and important. I believe that children thrive in an atmosphere of trust, where they are provided with support, in a safe and gentle environment. I believe that a child’s self-esteem and ability to learn are interdependent. That is, children succeed when they have a strong sense of self; therefore I believe it is important to foster a sense of competency and independence in all aspects of the child’s being. Children are our future and deserve our very best efforts in maximizing all aspects of their growth physically, socially, emotionally and cognitively. I believe from the time of birth, all children are ready to learn. Encouraging that eagerness is my passion in life. The task is challenging, but very rewarding. By providing a child early in his/her life a nurturing environment to grow and explore, I can help strengthen the foundation of learning that will endure a lifetime.

Hobbies or interests outside of school: Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my husband and our 4 daughters, and 6 grandchildren. When I’m not spending time with our girls and our grandchildren, I enjoy reading, gardening, and hiking. Through the varied interests of our daughters I’m consistently presented with new opportunities to expand my world while continuing to learn, grow and be inspired.

Stuck on an island, what book do you bring with you?/Favorite book: This is Water by David Foster Wallace. Every time I re-read this book, I journey down the road of purpose, what I do, how I do it and more importantly why I do it.

Marcia Brennan

Grade 1 Assistant Teacher (1M)
Joined St. Anne's in: 1975

Adair Brenneman

Administrative Aide
Joined St. Anne's in: 2003

Julia Brown

Director of Alumni and Special Projects
Joined St. Anne's in: 2016

Degrees & Certifications:
MBA, BA in English

Years in education:
4

Favorite thing about St. Anne's:
The community, the students, and my teammates.

Why did you choose education?
The kids!

Hobbies or interests outside of school:
Hanging with my family (my parents who followed us here from CT, my husband and two girls) and our Bernese Mountain dog.

Stuck on an island, what book do you bring with you?/Favorite book:
Shogun by James Clavell

Kris Buckley

Receptionist, Study Hall Lead
Joined St. Anne's in: 1997

Jessica Cardenas

Kindergarten - Grade 2 Art, Preschool PE, Yearbook
Joined St. Anne's in: 2014

Pat Clark

Controller
Joined St. Anne's in: 2005

Degrees & Certifications:
BS Accounting, CPA

Years in education:
22

Favorite thing about St. Anne's:
I love the traditions like May Day, Founder's Day, etc.

Why did you choose education?
I wanted to use my business skills to make a difference in the world. I like being part of an organization that helps kids grow into teens and adults of good character.

Hobbies or interests outside of school:
Traveling, reading, and cooking.

Stuck on an island, what book do you bring with you?/Favorite book:
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare by William Shakespeare

Bill Clough

Head of School
Joined St. Anne's in: 2019

Degrees & Certifications:
BA Colby College; MA Middlebury College; EdM Harvard University

Years in education:
27

Favorite thing about St. Anne's:
I love the energy and the inherent goodness of the people here. I go to work every day wondering what I will learn next, and I am always delighted in new ways.

Why did you choose to teach?
I've lived and worked in schools since I was born, and I have had a hard time escaping them. I could say the profession chose me, but really I was just fortunate to grow up among teachers. They were--and still are--my heroes, and I am honored to serve them and their students.

Hobbies or interests outside of school:
I love being active outside, especially here in Colorado. Give me a bike, a pair of skis, a fly rod, or a good pair of shoes and I am happy.

Stuck on an island, what book do you bring with you?/Favorite book:
This one is hard. I'd have to say any collection of Robert Frost's poetry. I could spend a lifetime trying to understand his poems, especially those I think I know best. He's full of trickery and mischief and he keeps me off balance. I love that.

Erin Cody

Kindergarten Teacher
Joined St. Anne's in: 2006

Degrees & Certifications:
M.A. in Educational Psychology

Years in education:
15

Favorite thing about St. Anne's:
The peaceful and uplifting vibe that lives here and that we truly strive to do what is best for each individual child.

Why did you choose to teach?
Oh, for so many reasons. Some are difficult to articulate, but joy is always an underlying feeling. The joy of setting foot on our beautiful campus each day, the joy radiating out from our young learners, the joy and laughter experienced when colleagues work together. I love observing students unlock their reading and writing power, but I also love all the unexpected moments of learning that occur outside of the curriculum.

Hobbies or interests outside of school:
Hockey, biking, skiing, hiking, canoeing, wakeboarding, reading, and gardening.

Stuck on an island, what book do you bring with you?/Favorite book: ;
The Cody Family photo album

Jordan Craig

4-8 Music, LS Band, MS Jazz Band, Grade 8 Intramurals
Joined St. Anne's in: 2018

Jeff Di Tanna

Math 6-8, MS PE, MS Math Dept. Chair, Grade 7 Advisor
Joined St. Anne's in: 2008

Degrees & Certifications:
Business Degree

Years in education:
20

Favorite thing about St. Anne's:
Everyday is different. The supportive community encourages everyone to try new things.

Why did you choose to teach?
I enjoy helping kids and watching them learn. I feel like I can make a difference.

Hobbies or interests outside of school:
Spending time with my family, going on bike rides, hikes, snowboarding. I spend a lot of time at the baseball field with my two sons, and I love it. Going on walks with my wife and dog through Wash Park.

Stuck on an island, what book do you bring with you?/Favorite book:
A Walk Across America by Peter Jenkins

John Dicker

Grade 6 and 7 Math, LS Math Dept. Co-Chair
Joined St. Anne's in: 1983

Degrees & Certifications:
Bachelor of Arts from CU Boulder

Years in education:
39

Favorite thing about St. Anne's:
Coming to work every day where I am surrounded by excited, dedicated teachers, eager students, and the natural beauty of this glorious campus.

Why did you choose to teach?
I had several incredible teachers who had a significant influence on me. In addition, both of my parents were teachers at various points in their lives. They were the inspiration for my becoming a teacher.

Hobbies or interests outside of school:
Photography, woodworking, camping, hiking, backpacking, biking, and reading a good book.

Stuck on an island, what book do you bring with you?/Favorite book:
Any book by Bill Bryson

Robin Dicker

Lower School Math Specialist
Joined St. Anne's in: 1996

Terry DiNicola

Head Librarian, Library Dept. Chair
Joined St. Anne's in: 2001

Caroline Duke Ashley '02

Preschool Teacher
Phone: 3037569481

Joined St. Anne's in: 2020

Degrees & Certifications: BA in Human Development and Education from Colby College, Master in Elementary Education from Lesley University

Years in education: 10

Favorite thing about St. Anne's: I love the sense of community and history instilled in everyone and everything!

Why did you choose to teach? I teach because I love the pure and genuine curiosity that each child presents on a daily basis. I also love supporting children as they develop their social and emotional intelligence.  

Hobbies or interests outside of school: I love spending time with my family and friends and being outdoors. I especially love skiing and camping! 

Stuck on an island what book do you bring with you?/Favorite book: I pretty much love any book on Reese Witherspoon’s book club list! I am constantly reading one of those books. 

Adriana Early

Executive Assistant to the Head of School, Yearbook Editor
Joined St. Anne's in: 2007

Kendall Early '05

Co-director of Community and Inclusion; Dir. of High School Placement; Admissions Associate; MS math
Joined St. Anne's in: 2015

Degrees & Certifications:
BA in Sociology and Minor in Economics

Years in education:
7

Favorite thing about St. Anne's:
I love the people and the community. Adding that I am an alumnus, St. Anne's simply feels like home to me.

Why did you choose to teach?
I teach because I enjoy working with kids, but I truly love teaching content and discussing life lessons/habits that hopefully will positively impact students in the future. I also have decided to teach because I enjoy helping (in any small way) students become passionate about learning, as I realize that this drive and excitement can lead them to learn more about themselves, others, and the world. Learning and feeling the joy associated with learning will always create a spark that helps students follow their interests and dreams.

Hobbies or interests outside of school:
I love reading, and I really enjoy any sports-related activity.

Stuck on an island, what book do you bring with you?/Favorite book:
I would bring The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch and Meditations by Marcus Aurelius.

John Fitzgerald

Grade 3 Teacher
Joined St. Anne's in: 2016

Degrees & Certifications:
B.A. English, Williams College. MBA, University of Denver

Years in education:
19

Favorite thing about St. Anne's:
The people!

Why did you choose to teach?
I chose a career in education because I was fortunate to have teachers and coaches who made positive, lasting impacts on my life. My hope is to guide and nurture today's youth in a similar manner.

Hobbies or interests outside of school:
Spending time with my family and, given a few free moments, enjoying a good book.

Stuck on an island, what book do you bring with you?/Favorite book:
Family photo album. And a Kindle.

Trina Ford

Grade 2 Teacher
Joined St. Anne's in: 2017

Degrees & Certifications:
M.S. Special Education; B.Ed. Elementary Education; B.S. Biology; TESOL Certified

Years in education:
16

Favorite thing about St. Anne's:
The families at St. Anne's bring a smile to my face each and every day. I am grateful to be surrounded by such a caring and thoughtful community!

Why did you choose to teach?
Education feels like a calling. I love learning about my students and growing with them as we all explore our interests and support each other on our journey. Each day is different and it is never boring!

Hobbies or interests outside of school:
In my younger years, I loved to travel. Over several years, I spent time in Thailand, Nepal, Laos, Cambodia, India, Taiwan, Germany, England and Germany. Now I enjoy spoiling my dog, hiking, rock climbing and tending to my garden.

Stuck on an island, what book do you bring with you?/Favorite book:
A blank journal.

Emily Forgett

Annual Giving Manager
Joined St. Anne's in: 2019

Degrees & Certifications:
BA

Years in education:
12

Favorite thing about St. Anne's:
The people! Everyone is committed to letting kids be themselves.

Why did you choose education?
Setting young kids up for success in their lives is so important and a good education is the foundation of this.

Hobbies or interests outside of school:
I love spending time with my family, husband Kevin, kids Ryan (6), Annie (3) and Caroline (3), golfing, yoga, and going to the beach.

Stuck on an island, what book do you bring with you?/Favorite book:
The Invisible String by Patrice Karst. It's a kids' book about staying connected to everyone important in your life.

Lori Frank

Director of Admissions and Financial Aid
Website: Website

Joined St. Anne's in: 1987

Degrees & Certifications: B.A. English Education; M.A. English

Years in education:
38

Favorite thing about St. Anne's:
The people. The people in our community are like extended family to me. I work with amazing, talented colleagues and very special families who share their precious children with us every day.

Why did you choose to teach?
I actually wanted to be a teacher from the time I started Kindergarten. I loved school as a child! That feeling became a passion for working with young people, watching them learn and grow, and learning alongside them. Although I am not currently in the classroom, I still get to be around teachers, students and parents every day. I can honestly say that, after all these years, I still love coming to school every day.

Hobbies or interests outside of school:
Reading, scrapbooking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Stuck on an island, what book do you bring with you?/Favorite book:
The Norton Anthology of English Literature

Cynthia French Hunnewell

LS Learning Specialist
Phone: 3037569481
Joined St. Anne's in: 2019

Degrees & Certifications:
M.Ed. in Language and Literacy; BA in Psychology and Elementary Education

Years in education:
24

Favorite thing about St. Anne's:
I love the warm, welcoming St. Anne's community, the dedicated team of learning specialists, our strong leadership, and, most of all, the students who are full of energy, curiosity, and enthusiasm.

Why did you choose to teach?
I love supporting students as they grow and develop. Being there when they make discoveries, overcome obstacles, and celebrate successes is so rewarding. I'm also fascinated by the brain, learning, and solving puzzles. Each student is an individual and it's interesting to help students find their strengths and also work with them to strengthen the areas they are still developing. Every day is different and the learning never stops when you work in a school. It's an honor and privilege to be an educator.

Hobbies or interests outside of school:
I love spending time with my family and friends. I also love to travel, ski, cook, read, ride my Peloton, walk/train our puppy, organize everything, and take in a great movie.

Stuck on an island, what book do you bring with you?/Favorite book:
There are so many good ones, it's hard to choose one. I loved the book Educated by Tara Westover. I could read it again and again. It's an important reminder about the power of education.

Geenie Gartland

Grade 2 Assistant
Joined St. Anne's in: 2007

Degrees & Certifications:
BA in Elementary Education

Years in education:
17

Favorite thing about St. Anne's:
The St. Anne's community is my extended family. The love and support we give each other make us grow and shine!

Why did you choose to teach? ;
My teachers growing up had a huge impact on my life. The positive connections I made with my teachers made me succeed in many areas. I wanted to give back and share those positive experiences!

Hobbies or interests outside of school:
I love getting lost in great books, running outside, and creating paper art: Origami!

Stuck on an island, what book do you bring with you?/Favorite book:
Children's Bible

Don Gifford

Preschool-Grade 1 & Grade 4-5 Science, Grade 7 Intramurals, Grade 7 Advisor
Joined St. Anne's in: 1994

Degrees & Certifications:
BA/Master's Environmental Science

Years in education:
32

Favorite thing about St. Anne's:
Best group of colleagues I have ever had in any working situation. Great families who stay in touch well after their kids have graduated.

Why did you choose to teach?
Both my parents were teachers and it was just a part of who we were as a family.

Hobbies or interests outside of school:
Avid fly fisherman, guided for several years. Love to ski and play paddle tennis in the winter. Love to cook, make bread, and beer.

Stuck on an island, what book do you bring with you?/Favorite book:
The Sibley Field Guide to Birds (National Audubon Society)

Joan Gilbert

Asst. librarian/music
Joined St. Anne's in: 2006

Kim Grant

Grade 4 Teacher
Joined St. Anne's in: 1984

Jeff Harden

Horticulturist
Joined St. Anne's in: 2005

Amy Hart

Grade 5 Teacher
Joined St. Anne's in: 2016

Degrees & Certifications:
Bachelor of Arts - Major in Psychology

Years in education:
6

Favorite thing about St. Anne's:
I love that SAES feels like one big family. I love watching my former 5th grade students grow and transform through the middle school and always enjoy when they come back to the LS building to visit and catch up on life!

Why did you choose to teach?
I teach because I love the raw enthusiasm and love for life that children bring every day. These kiddos give me a reason to smile or laugh every single day! 5th graders are the perfect age because they are still young, curious, and innocent (most of the time!), but they are capable of so much growth, are highly impressionable, and embrace being the leaders of the Lower School.

Hobbies or interests outside of school:
I am getting certified in dog training and enjoy practicing training with my Bloodhound named Wilson. I enjoy downhill skiing, volleyball, hiking, camping, knitting hats, and going to breweries!

Stuck on an island, what book do you bring with you?/Favorite book:
How to Survive on a Deserted Island by Tim O'Shei

Matt Howard

Maintenance
Joined St. Anne's in: 2012

Katherine Huamani

Head of Lower School
Joined St. Anne's in: 2018

Ruth Hund

Grade 2 and 3 Science, Grade 3 and 4 Technology, Grade 7 Innovations, Grade 8 Math
Joined St. Anne's in: 2012

Degrees & Certifications:
BS in Biochemistry from CSU, MS in Environmental Science and Engineering from Colorado School of Mines, Licensed teacher in secondary science and math.

Years in education:
20

Favorite thing about St. Anne's:
I love the community. We put kids first, and we all care about each other.

Why did you choose to teach?
Teaching makes a difference in the world. Children are our future, and it is our responsibility to, as Mother Irene would say, “Grow good people."

Hobbies or interests outside of school:
Swim, bike, run, hike, cross-country ski and read.

Stuck on an island, what book do you bring with you?/Favorite book:
The Complete Works of Agatha Christie by Agatha Christie

Heather Hussey

Lower School Learning Specialist
Joined St. Anne's in: 2018

Patty Jordan

P.E., Grade 8 Advisor
Joined St. Anne's in: 1998

Mandy Keiley

Preschool Co-Teacher
Joined St. Anne's in: 1996

Michelle Kingston

Kindergarten Assistant
Phone: 3037569481
Joined St. Anne's in: 2019

Degrees & Certifications:
BA English Literature, OG Certification

Years in education:
3

Favorite thing about St. Anne's:
The welcoming and inclusive community of staff and parents. It is one of the most supportive environments I have ever experienced.

Why did you choose to teach?
I was in my early 50s, struggling in a corporate job when a friend of mine encouraged me to become a reading tutor, and when I responded that I had no experience, she told me it didn’t matter. She saw something in me that I didn’t see in myself and said I’d make a good tutor because I knew what it was like to be a kid that was struggling; it wasn’t about struggling academically but struggling in other areas of life. She said half of tutoring would be making the child believe they could do it. So I took a leap of faith, quit my job and worked on my OG certification. I love the one-on-one connection that comes with tutoring and watching a child’s confidence blossom, especially when their reading scores improve. When the position of kindergarten teacher’s assistant opened up at St. Anne’s, I jumped at the chance. I told my friend I was going to miss the one-on-one experience and she said that’s true, but now you get to help more; once again she was right. It’s amazing to see the joy on a child’s face when things start to click. I’m still getting used to the brutal honesty of kindergarteners, but love the fact every day is different. I think I’m learning more from them than they are learning from me.

Hobbies or interests outside of school:
Golf, reading, and hanging with friends.

Stuck on an island, what book do you bring with you?/Favorite book:
First Indian on the Moon, by Sherman Alexie. I love Sherman’s poetry and am in awe of how much he says with so few words.

Alyssa Kitts '04

Grade 3 Teacher, LS Language Arts Chair
Joined St. Anne's in: 2012

Degrees & Certifications:
Bachelor's- Elementary Ed and Anthropology, Master's- Curriculum and Instruction

Years in education:
8

Favorite thing about St. Anne's:
I love the atmosphere and support I get from my colleagues. I also like getting to work with some of my teachers!

Why did you choose to teach?
I have known since I was four that I wanted to be a teacher. Both my dad and grandfather are and were educators in Denver and, being surrounded by educators my whole life, I realized how much of a difference a good teacher can make in the life of a child.

Hobbies or interests outside of school:
Fly fishing, hiking, attending football games with my family, and coaching high school basketball.

Stuck on an island, what book do you bring with you?/Favorite book:
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Matthew Krause

Grade 6-8 Spanish, Grade 7 Advisor, Grade 7 Intramurals, Grade 7 Innovations
Joined St. Anne's in: 2017

Degrees & Certifications:
BA Spanish Literature, MAT English and Spanish

Years in education:
13

Favorite thing about St. Anne's:
My favorite part about working at SAES is my colleagues. They are supportive and feel like extended family. My other favorite part is how motivated our students are to become the leaders of the future.

Why did you choose to teach?
I teach because I want to inspire children. I chose education, specifically Middle School, because I was not a big fan of my middle school experience, and I hope that the experience for my students is better than my own.

Hobbies or interests outside of school:
I enjoy camping, hiking, playing sports, music, and exploring the beauty Colorado has to offer. Most of my time outside of school, I am enjoying life with my wife, Rosalyn, our black lab Flynn, and our 2 year old son, Max. I also am fortunate enough to have my parents and brother living in Denver so I spend a lot of time with them as well.

Stuck on an island, what book do you bring with you?/Favorite book:
Narcissus and Goldmun by Herman Hesse and Don Quixote by Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra

Maggie Kuk

6 and 7 English, 7 LE, Grade 6 & 7 Innovations, Grade 7 Advisor, Study Hall
Joined St. Anne's in: 2015

Degrees & Certifications:
Bachelor's in Creative Writing and International Relations

Years in education:
7

Favorite thing about St. Anne's:
My favorite thing about working at St. Anne's is spending time with the exceptionally kind, creative and enthusiastic community. Teachers and students alike make my job both meaningful and fun.

Why did you choose to teach?
I teach because I can't imagine doing anything else. I believe that teaching is not a choice, it's a calling. I also get to laugh and play every day and that makes even the hardest days worthwhile.

Hobbies or interests outside of school:
Reading, baking, and travel. But mostly reading.

Stuck on an island, what book do you bring with you?/Favorite book:
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Bill Lane

Grade 5 Teacher, Math Dept. Co-Chair
Joined St. Anne's in: 1985

Degrees & Certifications:
M. Ed

Years in education:
37

Favorite thing about St. Anne's:
The community is so open, welcoming and supportive.

Why did you choose to teach?
Many of the people I looked up to as role models when I was growing up were teachers. They were the kind of people I wanted to be like, and being a teacher was part of that.

Hobbies or interests outside of school:
Canoeing, kayaking, biking, guitar, and reading.

Stuck on an island, what book do you bring with you?/Favorite book:
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

Jason Lemire

Grades 4 -8 Drama, Preschool PE, Grade 8 Intramurals, Grade 8 Advisor, Fine Arts Dept. Chair
Joined St. Anne's in: 2010

Emily Maas

Grade 4 Teacher
Joined St. Anne's in: 2017

Degrees & Certifications:
B.S. in Youth and Community Studies from University of Texas at Austin

Years in education:
7

Favorite thing about St. Anne's:
The friendly and supportive people I get to work with every day.

Why did you choose to teach?
I fell into education through coaching. I stayed because each day is a chance to have fun and make a small difference in a kid's life.

Hobbies or interests outside of school:
Cooking, skiing, pilates, spinning, yoga, Netflix binges, and hanging out with my husband and my dog.

Stuck on an island, what book do you bring with you?/Favorite book:
Physician's Desk Reference ...hollowed out. Inside: waterproof matches, iodine tablets, beet seeds, protein bars, NASA blanket, and, in case I get bored, Harry Potter and Sorcerer's Stone. No, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Question: did my shoes come off in the plane crash?

Ann Marsh Rutledge

LS Math Coach
Joined St. Anne's in: 2019

Degrees & Certifications:
BA Art History - UNC Chapel Hill; Post Bacc Teaching Certification - University of Richmond; M.Ed Curriculum and Instruction - University of Richmond; Certified Teacher K-8; Reading Specialist

Years in education:
9

Favorite thing about St. Anne's:
Warm, welcoming, happy community of teachers and students

Why did you choose to teach?
To make a difference in the lives of kids and families. I initially thought I would be an art museum educator. After an internship, I realized how much I missed the joy and energy of a classroom. I wanted to have a more direct, positive impact on families.

Hobbies or interests outside of school:
Yoga, hiking, skiing, food and cooking, playing with my kids and dog, and reading.

Stuck on an island, what book do you bring with you?/Favorite book:
If I was unexpectedly stuck on an island would probably have Bon Appetit magazine and some sort of nonfiction book with me.

Marissa McCullough

Grade 2 Teacher
Joined St. Anne's in: 2015

Degrees & Certifications:
MA

Years in education:
7

Favorite thing about St. Anne's:
The community is my favorite thing about working at SAES. I love the kids and families, and I am constantly amazed by how supported I feel by colleagues and administration. I have grown so much as an educator and a human because of this community.

Why did you choose to teach?
I love seeing 'ah ha' moments, growth, problem solving and relationship building. I love seeing the students become more aware of who they are and how they learn.

Hobbies or interests outside of school:
Cooking and eating, traveling, hiking, camping, yoga, rock climbing, reading, and hanging out with my dog and my husband.

Stuck on an island, what book do you bring with you?/Favorite book:
Can I choose a series?? I'd definitely bring Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling.

Reeny McKleroy

P.E., Director of Athletics
Joined St. Anne's in: 1994

Erin Menard

Grades 5-8 French, Grade 6 Intramurals, Grade 8 Advisor
Joined St. Anne's in: 2011

Degrees & Certifications:
BA in French Literature

Years in education:
21

Favorite thing about St. Anne's:
The community--teachers, staff, and students

Why did you choose to teach?
I like working with kids, being creative, and sharing my love of culture and language.

Hobbies or interests outside of school:
Playing cello (in a local community orchestra), gardening, playing with my kids, hiking in the mountains, and baking.

Stuck on an island, what book do you bring with you?/Favorite book:
Tina Fey's Bossypants

Andrew Messick

Maintenance
Joined St. Anne's in: 2014

Al Miller

Chaplain, Religious Education, Outreach
Joined St. Anne's in: 2017

Degrees & Certifications:
B.S. Education, MDiv.

Years in education:
35

Favorite thing about St. Anne's:
I love that the mix of students, parents, faculty, and staff at St. Anne's is caring, kind, and here because what we do matters. The campus is obviously a place of beauty and serenity. I love the fact that there is a heritage here that is bigger than any of us and yet calls us to be our best in love.

Why did you choose to teach?
Working together with others to open the world of possibility and imagination for students is meaningful and exciting. Educating the whole child, allowing them to question, grow, change, and develop is one of the highest callings I can imagine.

Hobbies or interests outside of school:
Hiking, birding, photography, anything environmental, spirituality, cooking, and reading a good book.

Stuck on an island, what book do you bring with you?/Favorite book:
Survival for Dummies

Sara Miller

3rd Grade Assistant
Joined St. Anne's in: 2018

Degrees & Certifications:
Early Childhood/Elementary Education Degree

Years in education:
5

Favorite thing about St. Anne's:
I love the bonds I have made with my students, their families, and my coworkers.

Why did you choose to teach?
I love being in a school environment because of the positive energy and happy faces I see each day.

Hobbies or interests outside of school:
I love to ski, run, hike, and horseback ride.

Stuck on an island, what book do you bring with you?/Favorite book:
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

Margaret Mitchell '90

Head of Middle School
Joined St. Anne's in: 2005

Degrees & Certifications:
B.A., M.A.

Years in education:
13

Favorite thing about St. Anne's:
The community is amazing! I love the connections between all constituents of our community, and the connections over decades between families, alumni, current students, faculty, and staff. That creates strong bonds that are there to support each other.

Why did you choose to teach?
I'm always learning myself, and I love to be part of the learning process for students as they learn new skills, face challenges, and navigate the world.

Hobbies or interests outside of school:
I love to read, write, be outdoors, ski, hike, and spend time with my family and friends.

Stuck on an island, what book do you bring with you?/Favorite book:
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Angela Moreira

MS Learning Specialist and Dept. Chair, Grades 6-8 LE, Grade 6 Intramurals
Joined St. Anne's in: 2005

Degrees & Certifications:
University of Colorado Denver – Denver, CO M.A., Master of Arts 2010 Specializations: Curriculum and Instruction, Reading, Writing, K - 6

Years in education:
22

Favorite thing about St. Anne's:
I love working at a school that was founded by women who put others first. The values that the Sisters lived by can be felt on campus today. Values like serving others, taking care of those in need, spending additional time with students struggling to read, taking time to stop and smell the roses. They were also frugal and selfless. I believe the founding principles of SAES are what people feel when they visit our campus. I am proud to work at a place that values kindness and community. I also work with incredibly smart individuals who put their students first.

Why did you choose to teach?
My passion is supporting individuals with learning differences by helping them to advocate for themselves and to implement lifelong strategies for success. I believe students achieve success through meaningful relationships built on the power of empathy. I chose a career in education because I love spending time with kids. My middle school students keep me on my toes with their endless curiosity, wit, and they keep it real. After a neuropsychological evaluation, at the age of 37, I learned that I have dyslexia and ADHD. I am proud of my learning differences and want to empower others to feel the same. I am passionate about celebrating the positive impacts of neurodiversity in the classroom and beyond. For this reason, the learning specialist position is a perfect fit.

Hobbies or interests outside of school:
I enjoy hiking, reading, dancing, and attempting to keep up with my two daughters.

Stuck on an island, what book do you bring with you?/Favorite book:
The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay

Lucy Murphy '02

Director of Communications, Special Events Coordinator

Joined St. Anne's in: 2015

Degrees & Certifications: BA in English and Buddhist Studies from Santa Clara University, MA in Communications Management & Marketing from the University of Denver

Years in education:
6

Favorite thing about St. Anne's: 
The community and our history 

Why did you choose education? 
I love being around kids and being a part of an organization and community that understands the importance of raising the next generation of leaders and changemakers. 

Hobbies or interests outside of school: 
Traveling, hiking, training, and spending time with my family 

Stuck on an island, what book do you bring with you?/Favorite book:
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Kelly Murray

Preschool Teacher
Joined St. Anne's in: 2015

Pat Narajka

P.E., Grade 8 Advisor
Joined St. Anne's in: 1984

Degrees & Certifications:
BA University of Denver, Physical Education; MA University of Northern Colorado, Sports Administration; State of Colorado Teacher Certified; American Alliance of Health, Recreation, and Physical Education: Program Director Certified

Years in education:
35

Favorite thing about St. Anne's:
Talking to alumni about the positive impact their SAES education has had on their lives, and then five minutes later, having a simultaneous laugh about a story we both remember from the past.

Why did you choose to teach?
I have always loved activity, games, and sports. Seeing students improve, become confident, and develop their own sense of excitement is beyond simply rewarding.

Hobbies or interests outside of school:
Kayaking, bicycling, painting, and exploring hidden gems in large cities.

Stuck on an island, what book do you bring with you?/Favorite book:
It would depend upon if I wanted to stay on the island or be rescued. If I wanted to be rescued, it would be How to Be a Viking by Cressida Cowell. If I wanted to remain on the island, it would be 100 Smoothie Recipes.

Kristen Niemitalo-Woods

Grade 5 Assistant
Joined St. Anne's in: 2018

Degrees & Certifications: ;
I have my Bachelor's Degree from Wheaton College, IL, and I am pursuing my Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction at The University of Denver.

Years in education:
2

Favorite thing about St. Anne's:
St. Anne's was founded on the service and sacrifice of the Sisters. Their work permeates the culture of the school; the people at St. Anne's strive not just for excellence in their work but also strive to foster love and a culture of service. Families, students, faculty, and staff at St. Anne's continually amaze me with their thoughtfulness, kindness, and willingness to help one another. This kind of social community does not exist everywhere but is vital for raising children. I am so grateful to work in a community that cares so deeply for one another.

Why did you choose to teach?
I teach because I love children, and I teach because I love the process of learning. Questioning, dialoguing, reading, designing, writing, rewriting, and creating are exhilarating. I love when students make a connection or question an assumption they once had; I love when students create something original or show their voice in their writing. In college, I fell in love with philosophy (in which I have my degree). At the end of college I realized that what I loved was the process of learning and teaching. After college I enrolled in the Boettcher Teaching Residency Program which challenged me to understand the complexity of teaching and its importance.

Hobbies or interests outside of school:
When I am not hitting the books for school or working, I love cooking, reading, writing, and over the summer, backpacking and hiking. I am an active participant in my church and am interested in environmental issues.

Stuck on an island, what book do you bring with you?/Favorite book:
Right now... Simone Weil's Gravity and Grace.

Olivia O'Neill

Grade 1 Assistant (1Y)
Joined St. Anne's in: 2019

Eliza Perry

Grade 4 Assistant
Joined St. Anne's in: 2019

Degrees & Certifications:
Bachelor of Arts in Education and Psychology

Years in education:
3

Favorite thing about St. Anne's:
My favorite thing about working at SAES is learning from my own students. I am always inspired by their curiosity, passion, and creativity. I have never worked with a group of students who are so eager to expand their knowledge and reflect upon the world around them.

Why did you choose to teach?
I chose the education field because it is a privilege to support and help shape the minds of my young students. Watching my students grow is an incredible and fulfilling experience that I cherish everyday.

Hobbies or interests outside of school:
Outside of school, I enjoy hiking, running, skiing, and cooking.

Stuck on an island, what book do you bring with you?/Favorite book:
Unbowed: A Memoir by Wangari Maathai

Judy Persing

Chief Financial Officer
Joined St. Anne's in: 2007

Carey Radochonski

Kindergarten Assistant
Joined St. Anne's in: 2018

Degrees & Certifications:
College degree/ECE certificate

Years in education:
5

Favorite thing about St. Anne's:
What I love about SAES is the connection with the kids and families. It is a joy to come to work everyday and be surrounded by caring and kind people.

Why did you choose to teach?
I teach because I really care about children getting a solid foundation socially, emotionally and academically. I think a solid foundation gives them the confidence and self esteem they need to carry them forward in their lives. Being apart of their growth and successes is so rewarding.

Hobbies or interests outside of school:
I love everything outdoors: skiing, hiking, and tennis. I enjoy spending time with my family and traveling to new places, especially the beach!

Stuck on an island, what book do you bring with you?/Favorite book:
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Elsa Reyes

Custodian
Joined St. Anne's in: 1990

Juan Reyes

Custodian
Joined St. Anne's in: 1991

Jenni Richards

Kindergarten Teacher
Joined St. Anne's in: 2006

Degrees & Certifications:
Masters of Education

Years in education:
20

Favorite thing about St. Anne's:
Our families and students!

Why did you choose to teach?
I owe all that I am today to two of my high school teachers. They changed my life. They helped me to be the best me inside and outside the classroom. I want to be able to help students to do the same.

Hobbies or interests outside of school:
I enjoy climbing rocks both with my hands or on my mountain bike. You can catch me on the river trying to outwit trout. They normally outwit me! My Hoka's are the most used shoes in my closet. I have been on the run since 8th grade. Today, at 46, I am a little slower but my love for running is just as strong.

Stuck on an island, what book do you bring with you?/Favorite book:
The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Charlotte Robinson

L.S. Learning Specialist
Joined St. Anne's in: 1985

Jennie Ruport

Director of Development
Joined St. Anne's in: 2014

Degrees & Certifications:
BS in Communications

Years in education:
14

Favorite thing about St. Anne's:
My favorite thing about working at St. Anne's is the kids. I love shaking their hands in the morning, spending time with them at recess, and sitting with them at lunch (when they let me!)

Why did you choose education?
I think education is the most important thing we can all support financially. With a strong academic and character foundation, students can succeed and go on to do remarkable things in the world!

Hobbies or interests outside of school:
Outside of school, I enjoy all the wonderful activities Colorado has to offer: mountain biking, hiking, camping, running, and spending time with husband, Chad, and our 2-year old son, Jack.

Stuck on an island, what book do you bring with you?/Favorite book:
Shel Silverstein's A Light in the Attic, a collection of poems. They are quirky, silly, reflective and fun!

Tim Seitz

Director of Plant Operations
Joined St. Anne's in: 1984

Rick Sigler

Grades 3-8 Art Teacher
Joined St. Anne's in: 1987

Degrees & Certifications:
I have a BFA in visual arts.

Years in education:
50

Favorite thing about St. Anne's:
I love teaching at St. Anne's because I have the opportunity of working with students through a six year period where we grow up together as people and artists. There is much to learn and experience and, we really get to know each other as humans. The culture here is nurturing for children, and there is real connection between adults and children...we care, and the kids know it.

Why did you choose to teach?
I teach because I love making art, and I love kids, so making art with kids is the perfect place for me to be.

Hobbies or interests outside of school:
I make all kinds of art. I lift weights, I jog (I used to run, but too slow now to call it running), I ski, I ride motorcycles, and I hang with my myriad of grandchildren.

Stuck on an island, what book do you bring with you?/Favorite book:
Hawaii by James A. Michener

Kyra Smiley

Preschool Teacher
Phone: 3037569481

Joined St. Anne's in: 2020

Degrees & Certifications: BA University of Colorado – Environmental Conservation, Associates Degree in Hazardous Materials Management, Director Certified in Early Childhood Education

Years in education: 14 years

Favorite thing about St. Anne's: Every time I walk onto this beautiful campus, I feel that something wonderful is going to happen!  The many magical gifts and endless possibilities of St. Anne’s are available to anyone and everyone who enters. 

Why did you choose to teach? There is no greater joy than to watch a child string three, four, or five letter sounds together to read their first word!  Truly – nothing better! 

Hobbies or interests outside of school: I enjoy anything active - running, golfing, cooking, hiking, biking, fly fishing, skiing, traveling, gardening, and ‘actively’ reading!  I love spending time with my family – they remain my greatest source of joy and strength.  Oh yeah, I also love my morning cup of coffee!

Stuck on an island what book do you bring with you?/Favorite book: 

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd, any Ken Follett series, and a guitar and song book.

Kelsey Smith '01

Grades PS- 3, 5 Spanish, Co-Dir. Community & Inclusion, Grade 6 Advisor
Phone: 720-339-6113
Joined St. Anne's in: 2011

Degrees & Certifications:
BA Colorado College 2009 Major: Anthropology - Minors: Education & Central American Studies; Master of Arts in Teaching: Elementary Education 2010- Colorado College

Years in education:
10

Favorite thing about St. Anne's:
The people. From students to families to colleagues to alums, St. Anne's is a community of caring people grounded in humility, gratitude, and empathy. Day in and day out, I can give my all to these people while knowing that they will fill me and fuel me to keep going. It's an energetic cycle that keeps me invigorated and inspired.

Why did you choose to teach?
Attending St. Anne's as a student from K-8, I was fortunate to have such phenomenal teachers who cared deeply for me. From early on, I felt drawn to coming back to teach at St. Anne's and be a part of that magic. Through high school and college, I coached kids tennis in the summers. No matter the context, I have always loved being around kids. Their energy, spirit, and light make me the best version of myself. I am motivated by helping them to know themselves, to be thoughtful & responsible members of their community, and to find joy in learning. And that helps me to do the same on my journey.

Hobbies or interests outside of school:
Spending time with family & friends, kickboxing, learning Brazilian Portuguese, gardening, going on walks, and playing tennis-- anything outside! Reading Young Adult books about social justice, and cuddling with my cats, Leo & Luna.

Stuck on an island, what book do you bring with you?/Favorite book:
Nevertheless, We Persisted: 48 Voices of Defiance, Strength, and Courage

Katje Steenrod '95

Director of Outdoor Education, 8 lab asst.
Joined St. Anne's in: 2006

Degrees & Certifications:
MA

Years in education:
14

Favorite thing about St. Anne's:
I get to be part of creating something that I believe in (the outdoor education program).

Why did you choose to teach?
I love kids.

Hobbies or interests outside of school:
Yoga, baking with my daughter, sewing, reading, hiking, and tennis.

Stuck on an island, what book do you bring with you?/Favorite book:
Edible Island Plants

Jason Takahashi

Technology and Digital Innovations Teacher
Phone: 3037569481
Joined St. Anne's in: 2019

Degrees & Certifications:
B.A. Government - Skidmore College

Years in education:
4

Favorite thing about St. Anne's:
My favorite thing about working at St. Anne's is being part of the multi-disciplinary approach to developing conscientious, considerate kids.

Why did you choose to teach?
I was blessed with amazing teachers and a great education throughout my youth (including St. Anne's), and felt called to continue that legacy for future generations.

Hobbies or interests outside of school:
Art, soccer, music, travel, indigenous culture, environmental and social justice, and exploring plant-based foods.

Stuck on an island, what book do you bring with you?/Favorite book:
Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins

Emilio Valadez

MS Teaching Fellow, Grades 6 and 7 Learning Enrichment
Joined St. Anne's in: 2019

Emmy Valet

PreK-3 Music, LS Choir, MS Choir, St. Anne's Singers
Joined St. Anne's in: 2010

Degrees & Certifications:
Professional Licensure: Music K-12 Certificate for Colorado, MA in Music Education (Eastman School of Music), MM in Music Theory (Florida State University), BA in Music cum laude, with honors in Music (Williams College)

Years in education:
12

Favorite thing about St. Anne's:
Definitely the wonderful students!

Why did you choose to teach?
I love teaching students of all ages! I enjoy getting to know each student, celebrating each learner’s strengths, and helping each student to learn and grow as both a person and a scholar. I have been blessed to teach students of all ages at various points in my career, from preschool through college. I believe that teaching is one of the few careers where one can truly make a difference. If you ask an adult about role models in life, often that person will mention a favorite teacher they had growing up. I was blessed with some amazing music teachers! I hope to similarly inspire a love of music in the students I teach. Music can bring so much joy to learners of all ages!

Hobbies or interests outside of school:
A few of my favorite hobbies include: playing piano and flute, singing, going to concerts, watching movies, reading, traveling, and going for walks with my fiancée and our dog in Colorado’s beautiful towns and parks.

Stuck on an island, what book do you bring with you?/Favorite book:
I would bring a songbook with lyrics to some of my favorite songs.

Dave Vander Meulen

6/8 English, Grade 8 L.E.
Joined St. Anne's in: 1975

Marcia Voss

Administrative Assistant and Registrar
Joined St. Anne's in: 1996

Joan Whitbeck

6 Social Studies, 6 Advisor, Grade 1 Religious Ed.
Joined St. Anne's in: 1982

Degrees & Certifications:
AB

Years in education:
47

Favorite thing about St. Anne's:
I have many favorite things about working at SAES. The familial feeling of our community is one of the top favorites, as is the feeling of camaraderie with my colleagues. The traditions of the Sisters give SAES a special foundation, and we are privileged to carry out their legacy on a daily basis.

Why did you choose to teach?
I teach because I find it to be exciting, challenging, rewarding, and humbling. I try to provide my students with consistency, empathy, support, humor, and kindness. Students bring out the best in me, and I aim to return the favor!

Hobbies or interests outside of school:
Outside of school, I look forward to visiting and traveling with my family, particularly my grandchildren. I am a graduate of the CSU Master Gardener Program, and gardening is one of my passions. The mountains are a large part of my life, and I thoroughly enjoy any time I am able to be above 8,000 feet.

Stuck on an island, what book do you bring with you?/Favorite book:
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

Glen Worthing

Director of Technology
Joined St. Anne's in: 2007

Years in education:
18

Favorite thing about St. Anne's:
I love taking care of St. Anne's and keeping it running so that the entire community can enjoy uninterrupted access to the technology they require.

Why did you choose education?
I didn't really chose education, education chose me, and once I experienced that feeling of helping out 5-year old Kindergartners navigate through Carmen Sandiego and Math Blaster, I knew I found a great place to build a career.

Hobbies or interests outside of school:
Any time I can get my hands on something to try and figure out how it works so that I can keep it running, that's great. Any type of walking, hiking in the burbs and in the outdoors.

Stuck on an island, what book do you bring with you?/Favorite book:
I don't read books. I would sit and listen to the ocean, hike to all parts of the island and explore, fish and hunt for food, figure out how to spark a fire, and then start building a way to some day get off the island and name it Gilligan!

Jennifer Worthing

Director of Instructional Technologies
Joined St. Anne's in: 2012

Degrees & Certifications:
Doctor of Education in Educational Administration, Master of Education in Administration and Supervision, Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (minor in Math)

Years in education:
22

Favorite thing about St. Anne's:
St. Anne's is like a family to me. It is a loving community made up of faculty/staff and families who care deeply about each other, all working together to do what is best for the students.

Why did you choose to teach?
When I was in high school, I had a wonderful math teacher who encouraged and influenced my life. At the end of my senior year, I decided that I wanted to make a difference in children’s lives just like my high school math teacher made a difference in my life. Everyday, I look forward to all of the blessings I receive from my students and all of their smiling faces. I also enjoy teaching other educators new ideas and strategies and finding new ways to incorporate technology into the classroom.

Hobbies or interests outside of school:
I love spending time with my twin girls, running, skiing, hiking, and getting together with friends and family.

Stuck on an island, what book do you bring with you?/Favorite book:
I would bring a collection of books that would help me to be a better person, mom, wife, teacher, and improve my technology skills.

Nancy York

Grade 1 Teacher, Social Studies Dept. Chair
Joined St. Anne's in: 1991

Degrees & Certifications:
BA in Elementary Ed and Special Ed

Years in education:
33

Favorite thing about St. Anne's:
St. Anne's is near and dear to my heart. I have been teaching here for over 33 years and could not imagine a better place to spend my days. Walking onto campus, I always get a sense of contentment. My peers, the children I work with and the campus all bring joy to my daily life. I do believe that St. Anne's follows its own mission by, "Educating Minds, Enriching Hearts and Expanding Horizons." I am blessed to be part of such an amazing place.

Why did you choose to teach?
No two days are the same! Everyday I come home from school with at least one story that made me laugh or smile. The daily hugs I receive from the first graders are genuine and make each day special. It is magical to get to know young children by heart and to help them to succeed.

Hobbies or interests outside of school:
Spending time with my children and grandchildren, reading, and hiking.

Stuck on an island, what book do you bring with you?/Favorite book:
Just one book? I need an entire library!