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Ann EnglishE-mail address: aenglish@rfsd.k12.co.usSchool, grade, subject: Sopris Elementary School, second, fourth and fifth ELL and literacy teacher. Also a self-appointed district dance residency director. I’ve been with the Roaring Fork School District since 1987.Family: Husband, Jerry (We celebrated our 40th anniversary this summer by trekking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Peru); daughter, Teri, 31 (professional dancer living in Fort Collins); son, Brett, 28 (outdoorsman living in Talkeetna, Alaska)Teaching experience: I will be retiring at the end of this school year. I’m proud to have been an educator for more than 30 years in many and varied positions. I’ve taught at all levels, kindergarten through university and adult students, including physical education and dance, English, language arts, fifth and sixth grade and ELL.Why are you a teacher? I have been a teacher “… since I was a little girl making your brothers play school,” to quote my mother. Even when I had my own instructor-training business in the fitness world, I was a teacher the whole time.What do you like most about teaching? I like seeing that sparkle in my students’ eyes when they learn something new or grasp a new concept.What do you do in your free time? I hike, bike, ski, do Pilates, yoga and lift weights. I love to be active and to exercise! This fall I climbed Fourteeners 26, 27, and 28.What’s your favorite lesson to teach? Helping students to become self-confident, lifelong learners is my goal, and I do that through many, many lessons.What was your favorite teacher like? I had many favorite teachers in high school, but they all had in common high expectations for their students.What is something interesting about you that no one else knows? I was featured in a published research study as an aerobic dance pioneer. In the 1980s I was president of DANCAEROBICS Inc., one of only six aerobic dance training companies in the United States. Thousands of women participated in fitness programs I designed.If you could go anywhere in the world where would it be and who would you take with you? That’s easy – my husband and I plan to live on a quiet Greek Island in the Aegean Sea for a time after I retire.What do you miss about being a kid? A simpler life and joints that never ache! What do you miss about being a kid? A simpler life and joints that never ache!


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