About the Teacher
Degrees and Certifications:
Ms. Anna Witt
Welcome to 2nd Grade!!! My name is Anna Witt. I have been teaching in St. Paul Public Schools for 13 years. I started teaching at Wellstone Elementary when it was downtown St. Paul, my classroom was on the 7th floor! I have been teaching at Horace Mann for 10 years. I taught Reading in 5th and 6th grade when it was departmentalized. I was a 5th grade Homeroom teacher and I also taught Social Studies as a prep for 2 years. For the past 5 years, I have been in 2nd grade and loving it!
I was born and raised in south Minneapolis, and I have two younger brothers. I went to the University of Minnesota for both my undergraduate and Master's degrees. I also hold a K-12 Reading License. I live in Edina with my husband, my daughter Addie, who is 6 ½ and, Ben, who is 4. I’m sure you will hear a lot of stories about both of them, they are characters! They love to come and visit the classroom and meet my "other kids". I love to be outside and I especially love running. You will probably see me leaving after school to run to the river :o) My favorite color is black, which the kids always find hilarious. One of my favorite things in the world, after my children-of course, is cherry Bubbly water :o)
People often ask me if I enjoy teaching second grade, and the answer is YES! Second grade is year of tremendous growth and development. I strive to encourage students to be responsible, independent thinkers. It is my goal to facilitate learning in the classroom and gradually, as the students become more responsible for themselves, step back and allow the students to lead the way in their learning experiences. We work together, as a class, to create a safe, positive environment where it’s ok to make mistakes, and to try new things. I encourage students to work both independently and collaboratively. As independent learners, my students work to improve their own personal goals and they become more responsible for their own work, behaviors, and selves. Working collaboratively, students often find the confidence they need to explore, ask questions, analyze, and actively engage in their learning. Working both independently and collaboratively allows students to take learning to “another level” as they expand their thinking and become more inquisitive.
My hope is that every child makes growth both academically and personally this year. I hope that your child will discover their strengths and what makes them special.
I am looking forward to working with your children this year! Please don't ever hesitate to contact me via phone or email. As we get to know one another, I am also very open to text communication too :o)