First Grade

Anna Whitchurch | First Grade Teacher


 Anna Whitchurch was born in Kiev, Ukraine into a Russian-American family and easily fit into the diversity   hub that is the Silicon Valley when she moved there a few years after. She began studying Spanish at the age   of thirteen and graduated from UC Davis majoring in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior and minoring   in Spanish. During her last year of school, Anna got experience working in homes and at a school as a       paraprofessional for children with Autism. This revealed to her the diversity of each student and the delicacy   and personalized approached they require. Anna has always dreamed of being a teacher and loved being       around kids. The dream grew stronger after she worked at Galileo Summer Quest, an innovation focused   camp for middle schoolers where Anna got to encourage kids to create film, fashion, food, and lead them in silly team bonding games. Anna has volunteered in summer camps in Ukraine and Central Asia and during her last trip to Central Asia she led their annual sports camp by collaborating with local friends.

In 2016 Anna moved to Valencia, Spain where she lived with a charming host family and taught English at a nearby school. She worked with a variety of grades, kids ranging from ages four to sixteen and taught several extracurricular classes. She concurrently took an online course through Universitat Internacional de Catalunya that gave her a certification as an Expert in Bilingual Education and inspired her to motivate students and make speaking a second language so fun that students did it without noticing it.

Anna dreams of having meaningful discussions with kids, promoting a culture of acceptance, and daily reminding them of how valuable they are and how much they can do. She is so excited to be at Fuente because during her time in the spring of 2018 being a clerical assistant and classroom aide she’s already grown to love the students, staff, parents, and the Fuente culture. During her free time, you could find her dancing, probably to ’80’s music and always looking to make new friends.