K-5 Music Teacher
Annette Wawerna began her career as an educator at ANCS in 2010; however, she has been involved with the school as a parent and community member since before the school opened. Ms. Wawerna has been teaching in one form or another since 1989. Prior to working at ANCS, Ms. Wawerna was a music teacher with The Music Class, an early learning music program for children and their parents/caregivers. She was a 2nd grade teacher at Knollwood Elementary School in DeKalb County. She began her career in education as the Outreach Coordinator in the Education Department at the Center for Puppetry Arts. In this position, Ms. Wawerna traveled around the country doing puppetry workshops or longer “Artist in Residency” programs creating puppet productions with students.
According to Ms. Wawerna, “ANCS is filled with the most talented, professional, dedicated teachers I have ever had the privileged to work with. The wonderful families of this community are deeply committed to being involved in daily, demanding operations of the school. Everyone who comes into our school feels what a special place this is. But of course the very best part of ANCS is the children, the children, the children!” Because she has worked with ANCS since its beginnings, Ms. Wawerna has a unique perspective on this history of the school. She says, “After watching the school rise-up after the fire, I became convinced that the story of our school needed to be preserved and shared. I spent several years making the documentary, From Acorn, to Oak, The Story of the Neighborhood Charter School that premiered at the school in February of 2010.”
Ms. Wawerna lives in Grant Park with husband Michael, son Asher, daughter Dorothy Ava, and their dog George Bailey. She is passionate about music and likes to incorporate music whenever possible into the classroom. She is thrilled to be teaching Kindergarten with Kole Camp and is looking forward to a year filled with exploration, discovery, and collaborative learning with our school family.
Ms. Wawerna received a B.A. with a Theater major and Music minor from the University of the South at Sewanee. In 1996, she completed her M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education at Georgia State University where she was the recipient of the Robert I. Blainey and Joe C. White Scholarship Award which is presented to a student in Early Childhood Education who exhibits the highest potential for excellence in teaching and who pursues knowledge beyond required coursework.