Anna Dodson, P.h.D.
Degrees & Certifications: BA
Years in education: 13
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.
Joined St. Anne's in: 1987
Degrees & Certifications: B.A. English Education; M.A. English
Years in education:40
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
Mrs. James is excited to be a part of the 5th grade team! She graduated from Metropolitan State University with a BA in Speech Communications and holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Northern Colorado in Elementary Education. She taught 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade in Westminster Public Schools. Her favorite summer reading was Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens.
As a 33-year veteran of middle school education, I can truly say that I love working with the chaos that is 6th, 7th, and 8th graders!
I am a native of Colorado, graduating from Regis University in Denver with a Bachelor’s in Mathematics and Education with a Minor in Biology. I have also earned a Master of Education degree with an emphasis on Curriculum and Instruction.
My family includes my wonderful wife Becky, four amazing daughters, one dog, three cats, 3 chickens, and 2 dozen koi fish. (Did I mention that I love chaos?) I am absolutely stoked to teach middle school Math this year at St. Anne’s!
Joined St. Anne's in 2022
Degrees & Certifications: Bachelor of Arts, Master of Education
Years in education: 23
Favorite thing about St. Anne's: The vibes that are at St. Anne's are incredible. The staff, faculty, and students are amazing. I'm just so elated to be here and be a part of something special.
Why did you choose to teach? I chose to teach because I knew that the passion that I have for reading and writing was something that I could pass on to a younger generation. I love being in the classroom and working with my students. I couldn't see myself doing anything else.
Hobbies or interests outside of school: Hanging with my wife and daughter, music, swimming, reading, and generally just keeping on keeping on.
Stuck on an island what book do you bring with you?/Favorite book: On the Road by Jack Kerouac, The Fighter by Michael Farris Smith, and the complete Kate Burkholder series by Linda Costilla
Joined St. Anne’s in: 2022
Degrees and Certification: M.Ed. in Reading, B.A. in Psychology
Years in education: 18
Favorite thing about St. Anne’s: This community has been so kind and welcoming. I’m excited to get to know everyone!
Why did you choose to teach: I love spending my days with kids; they always have interesting things to say. They help me remember not to take life too seriously and always be open to learning new things.
Hobbies or interests outside of school: being with my son (Casey) and daughter (Amelia), stitching and sewing while listening to podcasts, going to the mountains and reading in a hammock, exploring little towns around Colorado, watching Survivor
Stuck on an island, what book do you bring with you: Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn
Margaret Mitchell '90
Degrees & Certifications: B.A., M.A.
Years in education: 14
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
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: 36
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.
Degrees & Certifications: BS in Communications
Years in education: 15
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!
Joined St. Anne's in 2022
Degrees & Certifications: MA in Elementary Teaching | BS in Parks and Recreation (minor in Adventure Tourism)
Years in education: 16
My favorite thing about St. Anne's: The community and beautiful nature encompassing the school grounds!
Why did you choose to teach? I am a lifelong learner and want children to love learning as much as I do. I am a big kid at heart and love the excitement and energy that elementary school students bring to school every day.
Hobbies or interests outside of school: Swimming, biking, hiking, running, traveling, camping, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, reading, and being the best aunt ever
Stuck on an island, what book do you bring with you?/Favorite book: I would bring a little free library, some journals, markers, and fun pens.