Anne Cross has been a classroom teacher for 31 years, and she has been at Gunpowder Elementary for 23 of those years.
"When I was just eighteen years old, I decided that I wanted to live my life in service to others. To me, becoming a teacher was not just a job; it was a vocation to serve," Cross said. Cross finds no greater joy than helping her students to be successful.
Daily, she makes it a point to challenge her students, and to show them their self worth and dignity. She understands how important it is to make sure the classroom is engaging and that her students are enthusiastic learners. Anne acts as a mentor to other teachers at her school and is always willing to share her teaching techniques.
As an individual with epilepsy, she has learned the meaning of perseverance. "I have never let the limitations imposed upon me by others define who I am or what I am capable of accomplishing," she says."Although we face tremendous challenges as teachers, and as a society, we must persevere…. The task is daunting, but our children are worth it."
Anne holds a bachelor's degree in elementary education from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland and a master's degree in education from Towson University.
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