Anna is serving as an Education Specialist at Mental Health America Lakeshore. She is a passionate advocate for mental health, wellness, and education. She provides training in educational programs that promote mental health & wellness in our schools and communities. Through her past experiences, Anna has partnered with individuals and families from diverse backgrounds.
Before joining MHA – Lakeshore, Anna was an educator in the public school system for 27 years. Holding a master's degree in Curriculum & Instruction and Literacy, Anna has instructed students of all ages. She is committed to caring for the whole child, and Social Emotional Learning practices have always been a cornerstone of her teaching.
In 2022, she was awarded the Athena Leadership Honoree Award, partly for her work with MHA – Lakeshore by developing a literacy component for the Mindful Classroom Initiative and facilitating a monthly chronic pain support group. Anna continues to facilitate the THRIVE support group. She feels strongly about holding space for others, encouraging their healing and growth.
Anna is inspired daily by her family. She enjoys spending time laughing and making memories with them. Anna loves to read, take photographs, garden, and enjoys her coffee!