My name is Annesia Ross, and I teach special education classes in grades 7-12 at Achille Schools. I have three daughters! Amber Thomas, homemaker and mother of three boys; Alisha Severini, a first grade teacher in Midwest City who resides in Norman; and Chara Brooke Ross, a junior at Oklahoma University in Norman. My four grandchildren are Zachary Teague, twelve years; James Thomas, six years; Luke Thomas, two years, and Scarlett Thomas, age 4 months. My hobbies are cross-stitch, embroidery, and painting wood crafts.
I graduated from Atoka High School in 1975. I attended Southeastern Oklahoma State University where I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and a Master's degree in Special Education.
I started teaching in 1984 at Boswell Elementary School in the Special Education Department. In 1986, Achille superintendent, Vernon Anderson, called me and asked if I wanted to teach remedial classes since his wife was retiring. This was the beginning of my career at Achille School. I was so excited! I had subbed at Achille the year before I began teaching at Boswell. Achille had been my favorite place to substitute teach. I started this job twenty-three years ago and made Achille School my school for life. I plan to be here ten more years! So look out!
One of the greatest pleasures I have is when my students can work independently. For instance, they can work a problem or find the answer to a question on their own. I feel great when the light comes on and they don't need my help. I have always enjoyed working with children. When I was in high school, I helped with Sunday School and Vacation Bible School which led me toward teaching. Helping a child learn something they can keep and use for life is a gift.
I like the visual hands-on approach with one-on-one instruction. Another teaching method that is fun and gets everyone involved, even if they don't want to, is working as a team to complete an assignment.