Anna Chan Rekate (she/her)
“I tell my students that my job is to make you the best reader or writer that you can be. I’m not here to grade you but to help you find your own voice. I’m not here to tell you what to read but to help you find a character or story that you can never forget.”
Anna Chan Rekate is now in her twenty-sixth year in education and currently teaches middle school English at Trevor Day School in New York City. She has taught all subjects and grades three through twelve in public and private schools in New York and in international schools in Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Tokyo. She and her family returned a few years ago from their fifteen-year overseas adventures in France, Switzerland, China, Hong Kong, and Japan.
Anna did not grow up thinking of herself as a reader and a writer. Her family was too poor to have books around the house, and there wasn’t a lot of fun writing in school. But in high school, she had an English and Journalism teacher named Mr. Bob Montera. He taught her that writing could make a difference in people’s lives. Ever since, she’s been a self-proclaimed book nerd and even named her children after her two favorite fictional characters — Jane Austen’s Emma Woodhouse and Elizabeth Bennett.
Anna received her BA from Cornell University and her MA and Ed.M from Columbia University’s Teachers College and the Bank Street School of Education, respectively. Before becoming an educator, she worked as a journalist in Syracuse, New York. She also worked as an educational consultant for PBS and WNET and has written teaching guides for children’s books.
These days, when Anna isn’t working, you’ll find her trying to beat her husband on the tennis court, skiing with her family, or baking with her daughter. She’s still dreaming about publishing her first book… which she one day will!
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