Anna graduated from Champlain College with a degree in Early Childhood Education and completed training at the Northeast Montessori Institute. A classroom teacher, Montessori educator, and program owner and director, Anna speckled her career in early childhood with an array of studies into alternative education styles. One of her primary goals during this era was to ensure every child could feel empowered to be their whole and authentic selves, regardless of needs, abilities or learning styles. This mission extended well beyond the classroom—into infant care, song circles, and teaching yoga and movement to young people.
After many years as an educator and care provider, Anna pivoted to community organizing. She worked as a union organizer for The American Federation of Teachers and grew to become the Field Operations Director for Let’s Grow Kids, a local campaign working to ensure every Vermont child has access to high-quality, affordable child care. This role gave her the opportunity to work towards transforming the systems she had seen so many of her students and families excluded and oppressed by. For the next ten years, Anna advocated, lobbied, motivated and trained volunteers across the state of Vermont to address everything from climate change to unequal access to education.
Though Anna knew she was interested in healing work since she was a child, it wasn’t until her mother passed in 2012 that she began stepping onto that path. The loss of her primary parent ignited in her a deep desire to do something even more holistic and impactful.
She began homeschooling her own two children while diving into studies in meditation, visualization, epigenetics, polyvagal theory, somatic experiencing, and integrative medicine. In 2014, she embarked on a four year degree in energy and energetic healing through the Barbara Brennan School of Healing. Her work with the anatomy of the human energy field, chakra systems, and healing techniques catapulted her understanding of what transformation actually is—a process that is all at once personal, relational and systemic. During her four years at the Brennan School, everything changed: her connection to self, to her family, to her community and to her work. The healing she has done and continues to do is what supports her in best answering the call to assist in creating the peaceful, just, sustainable, and healthy world so many of us dream of.
Currently Anna is using all her experience, knowledge, and skills to support others on their personal process and healing journeys. She is especially passionate about supporting adult/child relationships. She volunteers for several organizations that support children’s experiences including All Brains Belong Vermont, Lives in the Balance, and The Children and Nature Network. Through her private practice she helps adults learn skills to self-regulate and access the full suite of their gifts and mature capabilities. She believes that when adults become whole and healthy they are able to approach the children in their lives from a calm, settled, and regulated place. From here they can model the calm and peaceful presence children need to feel safe enough to express their full joy, creativity, and passions.