From a very young age, Anna Fergesen knew she wanted to be a teacher. Watching her mom teach for 37 years inspired her. Her first pupils were her dolls, and in high school she got to be a cadet teacher. Later she became a swim teacher, gymnastics coach, reading and math tutor and a softball and volleyball coach. Her love of children and helping them grow as learners makes her one of Holy Trinity’s newest and finest educators.
“I saw the impact my mother’s positive teaching style had on kids, and I knew I wanted to do the same thing,” Fergesen says. “I like to inspire the children to love learning and to take chances.”
Fergesen has taught for the Diocese of Des Moines for seven years; this is her first year at Holy Trinity.
“I wanted to become part of the Holy Trinity community because of their dedication to teaching the whole student: academically, artistically, physically, spiritually and emotionally. So far it feels like a great fit for me,” she says.
Teaching science is what Fergesen looks forward to most.
“There is so much investigating and exploring in science that I love to inspire and excite the students about the different topics,” she says. “In second grade we get to explore the solar system, what living things need and how they live together, weather and dinosaurs.”
Another favorite thing to share with her class is books.
“I love reading aloud for my class,” she says. “I love this time because I am able to show the students how fun listening to reading can be. I like to use different voices for the different characters and show feeling in my voice. One series of books I love to read aloud to the students is the Skippy Jon Jones books. He is a silly Siamese cat who thinks he is a chihuahua and uses his imagination to save the day and be the hero. The students love the voices I use for Skippy and his friends and the fun Spanish words he uses.”
When she’s not in school Fergesen can be found playing co-ed and women’s softball and indoor women’s volleyball.
“I love to be outdoors hiking, walking, kayaking or sitting around a bonfire,” she says. “I also love spending time enjoying the city and spending time with family and friends.”