“But this too is true: stories can save us.” ― Tim O’Brien
Anne Severson began teaching in the Boston Public Schools in 1990 and has been at the former South Boston Education Complex (currently Excel High School) since 1998. A nearly twenty-year run as the senior English teacher — all those college essays! — has been great fun and a great honor; she considers high school seniors to be the most wonderful and vulnerable, liminal people. During those years she partnered with four of her closest friends: these collaborations yielded curriculum units, hundreds of memories, dinners with students ten years after their graduation.
Currently Anne is in a hybrid coaching-teaching position, and will be the full-time instructional coach next fall. Other work highlights include an adjunct faculty position at Emerson College and being a committee member for the Collegeboard Pre-AP ELA curriculum. Anne lives just outside of Boston with her husband, two children (one starting the college application process — yikes) and assorted animals. She and her dog can be spotted, most nights, walking around the neighborhood at eleven o’clock.