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Anne Goldberg

5th Grade Teacher

At McGillis since 2014


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B.A., Elementary Education, Southern Utah University


I am a dyed-in-the-wool desert rat. I've done lots of hiking and canyoneering—mostly in Southern Utah. I love to travel to places rich with history and beauty. I was a gymnast for 16 years and am now a devoted fan of NCAA gymnastics. I love a good adventure and am always looking to knock something off my long list of life goals. In contrast, I can also be found curled up with a good book or studying genealogy. I am entering my 26th year of being a teacher and have taught kids from pre-school to 9th grade.


I am currently reading:
Circe by Madeline Miller


What is your main teaching goal for the 2020/2021 school year?
My goal for the 20-21 school year is to create ways for my students to feel connected and academically successful whether they are learning at school or remotely from home. 


How are you reimagining teaching?
Fifth grade has always been the year where students really focus on independence. Because we have to look at school so differently this year, it's exciting to build learning experiences that continue to encourage student autonomy and self-advocacy using an entirely different set of tools. It's a forced change, but it's an exciting opportunity!


Favorite McGillis lunch:
Enchiladas, Fish Tacos, and Spaghetti & Meatballs


Favorite McGillis tradition:
5th Grade camping trip and Purim Spiel


Favorite McGillis moment:
Watching teachers win the Norris Award. It's so wonderful seeing a great teacher get recognized in such a meaningful way.


The defining moment that led to your career in education: 
I knew I would be a teacher in second grade when I found myself analyzing what my teacher was doing and deciding whether or not I would do it that way when I got my own classroom.


What is a powerful moment you experienced at school? 
It was so exciting and a little unnerving when, during my first year at McGillis, Matt Blake and I began taxing students' classroom economy money as an experiential lesson on the American Revolution. They were so affronted that they picketed during recess, held a sit-in, conspired for change, and ultimately held an election to represent themselves with the teachers. It was such a pure learning experience that none will soon forget.