Assistant Professor of English
BA, Loras College; MFA, Minnesota State University
experience: Prior to arriving at Clarke, I taught creative writing and
composition courses at Minnesota State. I have also worked as a professional
and freelance editor.
Teaching philosophy: My favorite moments in teaching are those in
which the learning is reciprocal, when my students and I formulate new ideas
together informed by the variety of perspectives within the classroom. I believe
wholly in the power of language and encourage my students to master
communication as a way to develop their critical minds.
Clarke’s impact on
Anna: As Walt Whitman said, “I am large; I contain multitudes.” At Clarke, I
can be my many selves, in one profession. I grow as a teacher, a mentor, a
leader, a creative thinker, a doer, an explorer, a maker, a team member, a
performer and a friend. I look forward to my job every day, which is an
opportunity not everyone has.
Anna impact on students:
I try to model my love of learning for my students and to help them see how the
learning they do in my courses is relevant to their lives. My hope is that my
students see me as open, accessible and committed to their development.
Movie – Out of
Book – To Kill a
Quote – “The
ability to think for one’s self depends upon one’s mastery of the language.” Joan
Class in college –
Age of Dinosaurs
Place traveled – Florence,