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Anne Imes

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Location(s) Lower School
Title(s) Lower School Pre-K Assistant
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Anne Imes is a Pre-K Assistant in the Lower School and has been working at Carolina Day School since 2004. Her two daughters attend the Upper School, and both have been at CDS since Pre-K. Anne attended St. Genevieve-Gibbons Hall and holds a BA in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she majored in advertising. Anne worked at two different ad agencies as an account executive. She also served as a public information officer for the State Attorney’s Office. When her girls started at CDS, Anne remembered her deep love for the learning community, and it spurred her to join the teaching staff. When she is not working with the students in Pre-K, Anne can often be found riding her road bike or mountain bike with her husband and friends, hiking with her girls, or reading.

Get to know Anne Imes:
In what ways can you teach/engage children at CDS that you couldn't at other schools? “Our class size in Pre-K is small, about 12 students per class with a teacher and an assistant. This allows us to work closely with each child, and it allows us to work on   involved projects that would not be possible in a setting with more children.”
What do you like most about your job at CDS? “I love working at CDS because the children are eager to learn and the parents are incredibly supportive. I love being among teachers who are happy and passionate about learning.”
In your opinion, how does the CDS community inspire students to be courageous and curious, wonder about things that they don’t understand, try new things, and develop individual passions? “The patience and cheerful support of our teachers allow students to try their best without fear of reprimand or embarrassment. This is an encouraging environment where being creative and trying hard are celebrated.”
How would you describe your classroom? “Our PreK classrooms are bright, colorful, safe, and full of happy energy. Students enter our room so excited about what we’ll do and discuss each day.”
What books and authors inspire you?The Power of One” by Bryce Courtenay and “The Rocket Boys” by Homer Hickam Jr. are two books I read years ago that each speak to the impact a supportive adult can have on a child’s life. This is a theme present in many books, but these are two that come to mind now. I enjoy my interactions with all students on campus, not just the ones in my classroom, because I think an encouraging word from an adult can have an enormous impact on a child’s life, even if the adult is not aware of it at the time.”
How would you describe yourself and/or your approach to your job in 10 words or less? I would say I am patient, caring, a good listener, and an enthusiastic supporter. I am a surrogate mom for these kids, some of whom are leaving their mother’s care during the day for the first time.”
Which classroom projects/events are you known for? In Pre-K, we are known for many special events, including the Monarch Migration, the honey hunt, Pirate Day, PJs and Pancakes Day, finding the gingerbread man, etc. These activities inspire the wonder and awe that are important to cultivate at this young age. A few years ago, our Pre-K staff and others from our faculty attended a lecture by Dr. Stuart Brown about his findings and his book “Play.” Dr Brown emphasized the extreme importance of play and manipulating things with your hands at a young age. These activities help wire the brain for inventiveness and creativity later in life. Our Pre-K activities are outrageously fun on purpose.”
What personal passion brings balance to your life? To bring balance to my life, I enjoy road biking with friends, reading, and camping with my family. As a working mother, I have chosen to put my French, my acoustic guitar, and my painting on the backburner, but I will revisit those activities in a less busy time of life.”
What do you see at CDS that’s different from what you experienced as a child in school? “I thoroughly enjoy working with teachers who are passionate about their subjects and their students. The upbeat and progressive environment here is thrilling to be a part of and to contribute to. This is truly rewarding and fulfilling work, and I look forward to spending every day nurturing these bright young minds. Our classroom is a loving environment where each student is a valued and important part of our group. These children come in not knowing how to walk in a line and not knowing how to wait for a friend or teacher to stop speaking before eagerly interjecting their thoughts. We patiently teach them awareness and respect for others in their community. I love being a part of the CDS faculty because we are unfettered to teach. There are times when we are covering a topic in which the children wonder aloud about tangential subjects. We teachers are free to pursue their line of thinking and explore additional material. We pack a whole lot of learning into each day but we do it in a fun and engaging way. During the Pre-K year, these children grow exponentially and it’s exciting to be a part of that. I love their quiet (and not so quiet) pride when they master a new letter or number or science concept. Their unbridled joy is contagious!”
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Degree(s) B.A., University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill
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St. Genevieve-Gibbons Hall 
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