Name: Amber Anania
Grade/Subject at what school: Seventh grade language arts, Westfield Middle School
Number of years teaching: 12
Background/Schooling: Paul Harding High School, Ft. Wayne, Ind., B.S. Millikin University, Decatur, Ill.
Why did you become a teacher? Since I was in second grade, I wanted to be a teacher. I can’t imagine doing anything else.
What goals do you have for your students? One goal is to help students understand the importance of writing as a life-long skill.
What do you encourage parents to do at home to help their children strengthen particular skills? I encourage parents to let their children choose what they read in their free time. I think reading something is better than reading nothing.
Name your favorite movie. I have always loved “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”
Name your favorite musician or band. I like a wide variety of music, but the musician I always go back to is James Taylor. I was lucky enough to see him at Klipsch in July.
What’s something your students might not know about you? When I was in middle school, I played competitive racquetball and was sponsored by Head.