Written & Compiled by Ann Katherine Gilcrease. Educator & Lifelong Learner. Digital Education Leadership participant. Seattle Pacific University.
Ann Gilcrease is a student in the Digital Education Leadership program at Seattle Pacific University. She received her Bachelors in Music with a minor in Cultural Anthropology from Transylvania University and is in the process of completing her MEd. in Teacher Leadership. After her undergrad, she knew she wanted to live overseas, so decided to teach ESL in South Korea for two years. From there, she returned to her outdoor life as a camp director, environmental education coordinator and ecology instructor for Dallas-area school districts. She fell in love, and moved to Austin where she started her classroom teaching career in the U.S..
Teaching and Learning has always been her passion, and after building and teaching project-based curriculum for English, Character Education, and Music, she discovered her love for the International Baccalaureate programme and never looked back. After her husband’s job moved them to Washington, she tried out a few schools, but decided to take time off to focus on building her theoretical knowledge and understanding before choosing her next academic home. She is currently an Academic and Career Advisor at an Early College High School and is hoping to one day be an academic advisor in a university.
Not one to sit still, Ann has traveled the world with her choirs as well as for the mind-expanding experience that it is. She has sung and played the saxophone with groups in Dallas, Austin, and Seattle. She loves spending time with her family, friends, and pups finding new places to visit, new food to eat, or excellent books to read. Philosophy is never off the table, and if you have a story to share she’s all ears. It is wonderful to experience the connectivity that has come with the digital era, and she is looking forward to engaging teachers, students and school communities in creating manageable and practical solutions to daily concerns.