Middle School English Teacher Anna Foust

Years at the Academy: 3

Degrees: B.A., Harvard University, M.S.T., Fordham University

What motivated you to become a teacher?

I became a teacher because I love working with kids and I love school. I’m fascinated by the process and experience of learning, and I have endless curiosity. Teaching seemed like a good fit!

What are your favorite moments with a student?

When they make me laugh (so most of the time). And when I make them laugh (which is some of the time). I also love watching that flicker that goes off when a student gets hooked on a topic, or grasps something new.

What is the most important life lesson you want your students to learn in your class?

Becoming a great reader is a never-ending process. The goal is to enjoy the journey! I want my students to view challenges as opportunities, not obstacles. If they leave sixth grade feeling excited and challenged by literature, I’ve done my job.

How do you keep current with the subject areas you cover?

Read, talk to the kids, and talk to other teachers. It’s really helpful having reflective colleagues to discuss new ideas. There’s so much information and technology out there, and the tools I use the most are often ones that I hear about from other teachers.

If you were stranded on a deserted island with just one thing, what would it be?

A Nook - with internet connection!

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