Anne McCoy

World Languages

How does the APH teaching philosophy look in your classroom?

As a French native and educator, I have always been motivated to make my language reachable to everyone. I believe there’s so much in a language that everyone can find something that they will want to study. I keep my classes fun, challenging, and student-centered. I believe that everyone has something to contribute to each class, and that each student can learn from others in the classroom. My language classes offer the opportunity for each student to get out of their comfort zone, show off their many talents, and practice their kindness, empathy and inclusiveness skills.

What excites you about The Academy at Penguin Hall?

I am very excited to work in an all-girl school. I had my first all-girl teaching experience in England a number of years ago, and enjoyed the feeling of empowerment and leadership the girls developed together. I am excited just thinking about how we can all work together to be stronger and to prepare for our ever-changing world. I truly believe it is important to constantly strive for kindness, compassion, diversity, inclusiveness and truth as we go about our daily lives. This is true at the Academy at Penguin Hall, as well as outside of school.

Share something interesting about yourself.

I am an avid horseback rider, but I struggle all the time with not being as good as I’d like to be. It makes me humble and allows me to always stay in tune with students who are learning a skill that is very difficult to obtain. Every week is a mental battle, as I keep on telling myself to stay positive and look at the bigger picture: You are doing it! You are improving! Be proud! I want to share these words when my students are struggling and want to give up because they are not as good as they’d like to be….Look at the big picture…You are doing it! You are better than you were last week! Keep on going!