Annelise received her Bachelor’s degree in English from Abilene Christian University in 2017, and she is currently working on her Master’s degree in English from The University of Texas at the Permian Basin. During her time at ACU, she student-taught freshman international students through its ESL program. Since she has continued on from undergrad as a student in her master’s work, she’s excited to get back into the role of a teacher!
Annelise cherishes any time she has with her wonderful, close-knit family. Her parents currently live in Midland, TX, her hometown, and she is the second-to-youngest of two sisters and a brother, all of whom are spread out around the country. They all hope to live within a close vicinity of each other one day, and her family is in a constant state of doting upon her darling 6-month old niece, Isla.
Annelise attended Midland Classical Academy from 7th-12th grade, and that classical, Christian education has shaped who she is today in essentially every way. The fact that she gets to teach in an environment that cherishes learning for learning’s sake–all for God’s glory–is a deeply abundant blessing to her. In her time at ACS, she has noted the incredibly joyful, energetic, and grace-filled atmosphere, one that is only possible through the presence of the Holy Spirit. Having her workplace serve as an encouraging community of Christ followers is truly an answer to prayer for Annelise.
As an English major and literature lover, Annelise spends much of her free time reading. She has a never-ending list of must-reads! Playing the piano is a wonderful way for her to unwind, and she played competitively growing up. Yoga, skiing, fishing, discovering new music, visiting art museums, baking, and antiquing are just a few other ways she enjoys spending her free time. She is certainly not one to be bored!
The two main virtues she hopes to make visible to her students are humility and gratitude: “Education begins with a humble spirit; a sort of confession. We must confess that we don’t know everything in order to learn anything. I hope and pray that God will instill in me an air of humility to be the best teacher I can be for my students. I believe that gratitude comes in beautifully alongside a spirit of humility. I am so thankful for my students’ bright, eager minds, and for the opportunity to help shape those minds in a Christian environment. In addition to that, a love of learning is impossible without the gratitude for the freedom and opportunity to learn. I hope my students will be able to feel a joyful, life-giving spirit of thankfulness in their classroom daily.”