Anne Continetti '03
Many alumnae remember Anne Kristol Continetti as an active and engaged Madeira day student from the class of 2003. In 2013, Continetti returned to Madeira wearing a different hat — as a new history teacher. “As a student, I had class in this classroom; one of my favorite teachers was here,” said Continetti of a small room on the second floor of Schoolhouse I, “I was a little nervous at first to teach here, now that it’s my classroom.”
Following her four years as a Madeira student, Continetti attended Washington University in St. Louis where she majored in history. She came back to Washington, D.C., and after years of working in politics, decided her heart lay in education. When she was a political analyst for a public affairs committee, Continetti discovered, “My favorite part of the job was meeting with congressional candidates and educating them about everything; I realized that [as a teacher] I could do that all the time.”
Continetti attended the George Washington University for a yearlong Masters in Education program, got married, and ultimately returned to Madeira. She was welcomed with open arms. “It is incredibly gratifying for teachers when a former student enters the profession,” said Dean of Academics M.A. Mahoney. “To have Anne back at Madeira, in this new capacity, is exciting. It enriches the fabric of our learning community, and it continues the Madeira legacy.”
It was that community and legacy that drew Continetti back to the School. “I loved how students can so easily sit down with a teacher and ask questions or just talk to them.” Her love of Madeira extends outside of her history classroom as well. “I like supporting the students and their interests outside of class, and I like that at Madeira, all the faculty and staff seem to feel that way,” she said.
Her love for history combined with her passion for Madeira and its students have allowed her to engage with all of the history students she teaches. Continetti teaches the required sophomore Modern World History class, as well as a senior elective each semester. When asked about her favorite teaching moment, Continetti replied, “I like the Treaty of Versailles simulation we do with the Modern World History students. The students work in groups and each group represents a different country and they’re trying to get their demands met at a mock Paris Peace Conference after World War I. The students get very engaged in the material.”
This fun activity is just one of many the sophomores and seniors have encountered in Continetti’s classroom. “Anytime you can tell the students are really enjoying being in class is a good moment for me,” Continetti said. “At the end of the day, I want them to learn the content, but I also want them to enjoy history. We work them hard here— there are no slacker days at Madeira; I definitely know that. But, the rigor is worth it, because they learn more and then they’re better prepared for their rest of their lives.”