About Me

Anna Gilcher, PhD

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“Good teachers possess a capacity for connectedness. They are able to weave a complex web of connections among themselves, their subjects, and their students so that students can learn to weave a world for themselves.”

Parker J. Palmer, The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher’s Life


An intellectually engaged and heart-centered language educator for learners of all ages, I work with my students to weave a web of connections, bringing language, culture, story, and learning to life. After teaching at both Duke University and the University of Maryland, I found a particular calling as a middle and high school French teacher at Barrie School, an independent Pre-Kー12 school in Silver Spring, Maryland, where I also served as World Language Department Chair. Under my leadership, the Barrie World Language Department underwent a complete transformation: I worked with the department to adopt a common methodology based on optimized immersion and comprehensible input (TPRSーTotal Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling), introduced AP French and AP Spanish Language and Culture courses, co-authored a vertically integrated curriculum based on comprehensible-input principles and the six AP World Language themes, launched a teacher-coaching program within the department, and created two official partnerships with French-language organizations (Aumazo, Inc., which is building a school in rural Cameroon; and the Lycée de Bellevue in Fort de France, Martinique).

Currently, I am Academic Director for the Aumazo, Inc. tutoring program in Bankondji, Cameroon; I am on the coaching team and am a presenter for the National TPR Storytelling conference; and I have been a College Board AP Reader since 2014. My AP French syllabus was published by Vista Publishing as a sample syllabus for the Thèmes textbook in January 2016 (click here to visit page).

I am also a certified InterPlay leader (www.interplay.org), a dedicated practitioner of Nonviolent Communication (NVC), a committed yogi, and a graduate of the Shalem Spiritual Guidance Program. I speak German and Spanish in addition to French.

MA, PhD, Duke University, 19th-century French literature
BA, University of Maryland, Summa cum laude, with General Honors, with High Honors in French