Our Upper School teachers blend a passion for teaching with disciplinary expertise and a genuine compassion and affection for the young adults who are their students. Upper School students largely view their teachers as subject experts and mentors rather than authoritarian figures, a view that makes the ultimate transition to college much smoother.
80% of our Upper School teachers hold advanced degrees in addition to the baccalaureate degree, and almost half of those teachers hold a doctorate or terminal degree in their field of study.
M.A. Women’s Studies, Oxford University
PhD English, University of Minnesota
Emily Anderson joined the Upper School English department in 2014. Ms. Anderson earned her B.A. in English and Philosophy from Susquehanna University. She went on to further her education at the University of California, Riverside where she earned an M.A. in English and then, Oxford University where she earned a M.A. in Women’s Studies. Currently, she is finishing her PhD in English at the University of Minnesota. Outside of her own schooling, Ms. Anderson has taught college literature and writing classes at St. Olaf College, MCAD, Hamline University, and the University of Minnesota. She also has experience as a middle and upper school teacher; she taught eighth grade English in Virginia and has worked with secondary students in the Twin Cities as a test prep instructor. At SPA, Ms. Anderson teaches Upper School English courses along with English electives such as, “History of the Novel” and “New Global Voices.”