Going to college and acquiring a license to do specialized work was never optional—Ann’s mother insisted on it. Deciding on what to study was not dictated and Ann went off to college undecided. Becoming a teacher became her mission after spending time at the lab school on campus. Ann became a believer in the potential of every child and in the importance of education for individuals and communities. Forty years later, she still enjoys going to work and can’t think of anything more worthwhile than being an educator. And, she too, believes that education opens doors for lifelong quests.
After working twenty-two years with underperforming middle and high school students in both math and reading, Ann had an opportunity to join Charlotte Mecklenburg School’s curriculum and instruction department where she worked with Frances Bessellieu as a PreK-12 intervention coordinator and coach. After retiring, Ann joined the consulting team for Side-by-Side Educational Consulting. Ann believes education is a dynamic field and as such, it requires continuous education of its practitioners.
Ann has worked with School Improvement Grants (SIG) in Idaho and Montana, Montana Striving Readers, and the Montana Preschool Development Grant. Ann’s recommendations and suggestions are acknowledged in a recently published assessment book, Word ID: Assessment Across the Content Areas. She has worked for SRA/McGraw-Hill, VCH and Associates and the Elgin Foundation Academic Initiative as a lead instructional consultant. Ann is a firm believer that the most important factor impacting student achievement is the classroom teacher. To this end, Ann most enjoys working with classroom teachers through the detailed and complicated process of planning and delivering effective instruction. She holds degrees in K-6 Elementary Education and K-12 Reading from Western Carolina University in North Carolina.
Ann’s special place on earth is Surfside Beach, South Carolina, where she enjoys beach activities with her husband of 39 years and Huckleberry, their black and tan hound dog. January 2017 brought an addition to the family when Benjamin was born to Michael, Ann’s son, and Tonya. Happiness is being a grandmother!