Annie Almekinder is the newest addition to the School of Education. After graduating from Shippensburg University and George Mason, she taught high school in Virginia for ten years before deciding to take the road less traveled.
She joined an international teaching program and began teaching at private schools abroad in Poland, Syria, and Israel. She taught mostly American students living at U.S. embassies, but most classes had students from around the world. Living abroad provided Annie with unique experiences and a true global perspective. “I’m not fluent, but I can say hello, thank you, and please in ten different languages,” she said.
Being back in the U.S. is a welcome homecoming. “We’ve been overseas 13 years. It’s nice to be back,” she said. For her two children, it’s their first time living in the U.S. “It has been fun to see my children’s reaction,” she said. “Things like parades, Halloween, and school buses are all new to them.”
New to Annie is working in higher education. “It’s really been a learning experience to be at a university,” she said. “I like the collegiate atmosphere.”
At Heidelberg, Annie serves as the technology coordinator and instructor for the School of Education. She teaches Introduction to Computers where she has students create video blogs, prezis, e-portfolios, and practice coding. “I do not lecture in this class,” she said. “They are working on projects and assignments.”
She also teaches Educational Technology in two sections: one for undergraduates and one for graduate students. Students learn how to use technology effectively in the classroom through things like webpages and smart boards. “I really want to help them build their repertoire, portfolios, and resumes,” she said. “Students know more about technology than ever before, but knowing how to use it right is important.”
Annie has already jumped in at Heidelberg by serving on the Academic Enhancement Committee and working with the education honorary Kappa Delta Pi. Her experiences abroad and hands-on approach make Annie a great addition to the Heidelberg family.
When she’s not teaching: Annie enjoys drawing, painting, gardening, and traveling.